Voices – A Festival of Song: A Survey of Renaissance Music in the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci

Sat, 4 Dec 2021 - Sat, 4 Dec 2021 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Esplanade Recital Studio

A survey of motets and madrigals from the Renaissance period, during which the rebirth of arts, science and culture took place. The tremendous intellectual and artistic creativity inspired by the ancient remains strong.

Juxtaposing works by Leonardo da Vinci, participants will discover creative musical inventions of the 16th Century with an ensemble demonstrating music by Heinrich Isaac, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Thomas Weelkes, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Tallis and others.

The workshop is poised perfectly amid the backdrop of a rising Renaissance City of the 21st century.

About Toh Ban Sheng

Toh Ban Sheng is no stranger to the choral world. An active member in the international choral scene, Toh is highly sought-after as an adjudicator, clinician and guest-conductor. Perhaps, the most awarded Singaporean choral conductor with seven Conductor’s Prizes in Europe under his belt, he has been invited to adjudicate, conduct, or teach in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA. He has also written for the International Choral Bulletin and has had his music published in the USA and Europe.

Starting out essentially as a self-taught musician, former Physics teacher Toh completed two master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice from the USA with the support of a National Arts Council Bursary. Toh has since been recognized as an eminent conductor and music educator with an illustrious track record, having garnered numerous Grands Prix, Category Champions, Jury Prizes and some 80 gold awards at international and national competitions. With Raffles Singers, which has garnered three Grands Prix in Europe, he was invited to present two concerts at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain.

At home in Singapore, Toh’s choirs have twice won the highest national accolade for Best Choir of the Year Award. He has served as a Music Specialist with the Ministry of Education and part-time lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the National Institute of Education. For many years, Toh has been mentoring teachers under the NAC- STAR Artist-Mentor Scheme and he also sits on the panel of review in the National Arts Council.




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