Local Focus: Resound Collective


We are back with another local feature ~!  This time, we are taking a closer look at Resound Collective, a Singapore-based musicians’ collective and registered Charity that promotes music for small orchestra and chamber ensembles ~

Made up of conservatory-trained music majors and Singapore’s most talented and dedicated musicians, Resound Collective’s first professional chamber orchestra, re:Sound, was formed in 2016 and has been presenting an average of four concerts a year ~ in collaboration with top Singaporean and international soloists, as well as chamber orchestra leaders.

Resound Collective is also home to the Concordia Quartet, a string quartet consisting of four prize-winning musicians – Edward Tan, Kim Kyu Ri, Matthias Östringer and Theophilus Tan.  Since its successful debut in February 2020, the quartet has made appearances in Wild Rice’s The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as live-streamed virtual concerts last year.

Chamber Music and Arts Singapore (then TTK Grand Series) had collaborated with Resound Collective in preparation for one of our largest projects to date – the Mozart 36 project that was intended for April 2020.

The final of our trilogy of Mozart 36 projects, the project’s two Evening Concerts at Esplanade Recital Studio were to feature a powerhouse line-up of internationally-acclaimed classical chamber musicians, including principal violist of Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Ida Bryhn, Italian pianist and Honens Prize Laureate 2015, Luca Buratto, solo clarinetist and faculty at Paris Conservatoire, Florent Héau, and more !

Pianist Luca Buratto, violist Ida Bryhn and violinist Tang Tee Khoon were also scheduled to appear as soloists with re:Sound.

Unfortunately, this grand project had to be indefinitely postponed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.  However, CMAS’ close relationship with Resound Collective remained strong and active.

In celebration of this upcoming National Day, Resound Collective commissioned Chamber Music and Arts Singapore for a Storyboard to bring to visual life a musical work that the Collective had commissioned from Singaporean composer Jonathan Shin for Singapore’s Bicentennial Celebrations in 2019 – the 1819 Suite for chamber orchestra

Having explored our virtual creative sphere, The Glasshouse and its interactive Storyboards boasting bespoke illustrations and light animations, Resound Collective reached out to us for this very special commission which we were very happy to accept.

Local soloist and chamber musician, as well as the prizewinner of Singaporean and international piano competitions, Jonathan Shin is also a prolific composer.  It is upon his 1819 Suite for chamber orchestra that this special Storyboard is based.

Sharing the story behind the founding and independence of Singapore ~ this Storyboard was directed by Tang Tee Khoon, with art by Soh Fia and writings by Singaporean historian and Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Dr Loh Kah Seng.

Just in time for National Day this year, the 1819 Suite Storyboard was launched publicly today on Resound Collective’s website https://resoundcollective.org/1819story ~ and will be freely available for viewing until 19 Sep 2021.

*you may have already read news of this release in the Straits Times as well as on Lian He Zao Bao !

Of course, members of The Glasshouse will be treated to this 1819 Suite Storyboard as well !  This Story will be fully available for viewing within our sphere at least until the end of 2021, so members can freely enjoy this exclusive creative piece – filled with illustrations, animations, audio and video clips – whenever you wish, from the comfort of your homes (: 

An exclusive sneak peek for readers of our blog posts here: 

Do visit the full Storyboard at Resound Collective’s website ~ and we wish everyone a happy National Day in advance ! (: