MUSE is a major success

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  1. brass journo

    brass journo Member

    Northowram, West Yorkshire
    THE inaugural MUSE Festival (Music is for Everyone) which took place in Singapore from 14-16 April was an unprecedented success with musicians travelling from around the world to take part.

    Despite only four bands competing in the actual competition, hundreds of musicians took part in the fringe events, including cultural exchanges in schools and a glitzy opening ceremony which featured hip-hop dancers, exciting drum bands and character stilt walkers.

    Participating musicians from Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, USA and the UK also attended workshops given by Chris Wormald and Tabby Clegg from the UK and the main competition, which featured each of the four competing bands presenting a 25 minute programme of music in front the of the up-beat crowd and three judges, Chris Wormald, Tabby Clegg and Professor Ho Hwee Long.

    Each of the competing bands was awarded a certificate of participation and bands were awarded gold, silver and bronze certificates for their performances. The St. Franciscan Military Band from Malacca, Malaysia, was awarded a bronze award whilst Chung Cheng High School (Main) Concert Band from Singapore achieved a silver medal. The two gold awards went to James Hargest College Concert Band from Invercargill in New Zealand and the Commonwealth Secondary School Military Band from Singapore which, under Band Director Brando Tan, was also awarded the Kingsmen Challenge Trophy for the best overall MUSE Festival Concert Band.

    The whole event was wrapped up with an equally glamorous closing ceremony which included a presentation of photos and reminders of the whole event projected onto a big screen prior to a departing dinner for everyone involved which gave all the musicians a chance to mingle and make friends.
    Thanks to the hard work and vision of the festival organisers, MUSE has secured its place in the music calendar and announced the dates of the 2007 event which will be
    6 – 8 April 2007. Already bands are expressing an interest from around the globe for the 2007 and 2008 event so if you would like to find out more log on to the MUSE Festival website at:
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