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WBAS Youth Band Festival

19 December 2017

PHOTO: WBAS Youth Band Festival, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

The Bands


The Junior Band is made up of young, talented, music lovers. Though their volume is indirectly proportional to their age- the ever jolly junior band never fails to spur on each other’s curiosity to learn more in music-making.


The Symphonic Band is made up of high spirited, energetic youths who enjoy exciting and fun wind band music while building friendship through music-making.


The Wind Orchestra is made up of more mature students who enjoy the challenges of advanced works and journey together to explore less known repertoire.


The Programme

Programme is subject to change without prior notice. Information is correct at published time.

The Conductors

Mdm Tan Soh Hwa


Mdm Tan Soh Hwa began her musical journey as a French Horn player with Crescent Girls’ School Band under the tutelage of Mr Lee Seck Chiang. She was awarded The Public Service Commission of Singapore scholarship upon graduation from CGS and studied at St. Louis Conservatory of Music, Missouri, USA. During her time in the conservatory, she performed with St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Springfield Orchestra in Illinois. After attaining her graduate diploma, she served with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as a horn player until 1997.


Currently, Mdm Tan is the band conductor of Anglican High School, Bukit Timah Primary School, Crescent Girls’ School, Fairfield Methodist Schools (Primary & Secondary) and Nan Hua High School.

ME4 Ignatius Wang


ME4 Ignatius joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Central Band in 2011 and served as Associate Principal Euphonium. He was later selected by the SAF Music Board and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.


In Singapore, ME4 Ignatius has worked with some of the most established wind bands such as the Singapore Wind Symphony and The Philharmonic Winds. Under the tutelage of Tan Beng Wee, he has also served as the Associate Conductor of various school and community bands during his formative years. Currently, Ignatius studies privately with Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang, and maintains a close mentorship with Douglas Bostock and Prof. Nicholas Childs.


He was emplaced as a Senior Military Expert on 1st April 2015 and appointed as the Director of Music of SAF Ceremonial Band B at the age of 25 – one of the youngest in the history of the SAF.

The Faculty

Mr. Mark Heron



Mark Heron is a Scottish conductor known for dynamic and well-rehearsed performances across an unusually wide range of repertoire, and his expertise as an orchestral trainer.


As guest conductor he has appeared with the, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Psappha, Meininger Hofkapelle, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Pori Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra and many more. He is the music director of the Nottingham Philharmonic and University of Manchester Symphony Orchestras, and conductor laureate of the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. As a member of the conducting staff at the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark works regularly with all of the College’s orchestras and ensembles. Dedicated to working with young musicians, in addition to his roles at the RNCM and Manchester University, Mark has conducted ensembles from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Tilburg & Maastricht Conservatories, the National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain and Israel, Slovenian National Youth Orchestra, and many more.