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Monday, March 28, 2016

InTempo 2016 and post-concert celebration

Hi everyone! InTempo 2016 has just concluded! Our journey was fraught with challenges but I'm sure we can all agree that our performance last Sunday was nonetheless fulfilling.

Before we take a look at what went on behind the scenes, we would like to acknowledge these people without whom our journey to the stars would not have been possible:

Our conductors Prof. Ho and Mr Francis Tan, whose patience and dedication inspired us.
NUS Centre for the Arts for their guidance, and our sponsor, Katong Flower Shop (Pte) Ltd, whose generosity helped to make this concert possible.
Not forgetting, TeamNUSWS and our guest players for their dedication and passion.

Now for some photos of that memorable day!
(Photos by Ng Zhen Ning)

Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars as “stars” light up the stage.

Our conductors: student conductor Wen Quan, Prof. Ho, Mr Tan (L-R)
Thank you Katong Flower Shop (Pte) Ltd for the beautiful bouquets and continued support!

Our 88-man strong band for the InTempo concert.

And of course not forgetting our audience who attended the InTempo concert. We sincerely thank you for supporting us and hope you enjoyed the performance. 

InTempo 2016 has come to an end but the fun certainly hasn't! Our welfare officer organized a post-concert celebration last Thursday evening. We ordered Domino's Pizza and KFC to reward everyone for their dedication and passion. Sounds yummy?  Let us now take a look at some interesting photos of the day. (Photos by Muhammad Hafiz Rahman)

Everyone loves pizza.

Check out our limited edition T-shirt!

Joy on everyone’s faces.

It was a great celebration in which everyone spent quality time with each another. What could be better than spending time bonding with good friends over good food? To our beloved members, we hope you enjoyed the celebration as much as we did.

After the excitement of InTempo, what’s up for the next few months?

We will be hosting the annual TRIO camp later this year together with NUS Jazz Band and NUS Symphony Orchestra for our incoming freshies!

Do look out for our next concert, Da Capo XI too!

Till next time,


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Journey to the Stars

Hi friends! It is Alvin from the tuba section!


Yup that’s me with a tuba on my lap. I mean the one who photobombed the photo.

Yesterday marked the last of our combined rehearsals before InTempo. We were extremely delighted having everyone come together to refine our pieces for the very last time. Oh! If you haven’t already noticed, there is just one more week to our upcoming concert — InTempo 2016: To the Stars. 

You can’t imagine how eager and excited we are to present the concert to you as it took us more than 10 weeks to prepare for it. Initially, some of us felt slightly down as the repertoire is pretty challenging. In fact, even our beloved conductor, Prof Ho, was told by his colleagues: “Wah why did you guys 自找麻烦 (seek for trouble)?” 

“I told them it is not 麻烦 (trouble), it is an interesting experience. Yes, it challenges me and it challenges you. But it is also part of learning. At the end of the day, we will improve and overcome it together.”

Prof Ho’s words have proven to be true, but words can’t fully describe how the rehearsal last night was. Shall we let the photos do the talking?

Prof Ho’s conducting.

Mr. Tan’s conducting.

Everyone threw themselves into the music with enthusiasm.

Siyao with his 100% focus.

Our 10-strong trumpet players.

Music making in progress.

And we were having fun too!

No! It is a camera!

Oh! Say hi to a camera!

Amanda and Sarah playing the bass clarinets elegantly (Sorry I photobombed again!)

Photo credits to Muhammad Hafiz Rahman and Fong Kean Min

It was a fruitful and joyful rehearsal, in which our members had overcome the challenges and enjoyed themselves in the mellifluous music. We hope you can feel our passion and excitement to deliver you an unforgettable evening on this coming Sunday. 

For those who are attending our concert, do remember that the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music is located beside the University Cultural centre (UCC) within the National University of Singapore campus. Please visit their website for directions to get there. 

For those who haven’t bought our concert tickets, do not hesitate further! Purchase your tickets now via or contact your friends from NUSWS. Do visit our Facebook page at for more information.

*Ding (announcement sound)

Ladies and gentlemen, please proceed to your seats and fasten your seat belt. The NUSWS spaceship is ready to take you on an epic journey to explore the human imagination of the vast outer-space.

Hold on tight!

Captain Alvin H.

Monday, February 15, 2016

2016: Year of the Monkey

Hello everyone, and happy Chinese new year!

It’s Lishan here again with another short update on our recent activities! We all hope you had a good break over the CNY weekend, and are geared up for the last few days of school before we enter recess week!

1. CNY Celebrations

Every year, NUSWS will have a lo hei session to celebrate CNY, and this year was no exception. Of course it was no mean feat squeezing 30 over people round the table, but that’s exactly what this family band is all about! 

 Getting ready for the lo hei!

To kick off the celebrations, our favourite president and vice-president, Bojun and Yuting, topped off the yusheng while our student conductor, Wenquan, lead the band in a joyful chorus of CNY wishes.

Wenquan: “Gong xi fa cai!”

Band: “GONG XI FA CAI !!!”

The highlight of the celebrations, and also the moment that everyone had been waiting for- tossing the yusheng! It was no surprise that there was a mess resulting from everyone’s extra enthusiasm and energy in tossing!

Squeeze and toss!

Photo credit: Alvin Hoh

It was a short but sweet celebration, in which members also took some time bonding with their sections. What could be better than being around good friends with the air of festivity surrounding us? We all hope you enjoyed your CNY as much as we did!

2. InTempo 2016: To The Stars

Yes, you have guessed it right! Here’s a quick promotion of the concert that everyone here in NUSWS has been working hard for these past few months! This year’s theme is “To The Stars”, and we are proud to take you on an intergalactic journey with our music. Featuring pieces such as Sidus, Highlights from LOST MOON and Perseus, InTempo 2016: To The Stars will take you on an epic journey that explores the human imagination of the vast outer-space. You might even catch familiar tunes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but with a twist, so come on down to find out (or listen out for) the difference!

Take a look at the details below.

Date and Time: 20th March 2016 (Sunday), 5pm
Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
Ticket: $18*
Early-bird Promotion: $15* (Valid till 25th February 2016)

* Booking fee applies

Tickets are available at, so do hurry! Do feel free to approach any of our friendly members for tickets as well. With the ongoing early-bird promotion, don’t hesitate to grab a couple of tickets for you and your date ;)

That is all for now, but we will definitely be back with more updates! Enjoy the last few days of CNY and school, and have a good week ahead!

Till then,