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The 3rd Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2009

 

THE MALAYSIAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009

29th August 2009, 
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre

The 3rd Malaysian Youth Music Festival had almost 300 competition entries with new and more challenging competition requirements. It was a day of excitement seeing many newcomers to the festival from all over Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The festival was graced by the Patron of MYOF, YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohd Ali, Puan Sri Susan Cheah from Sunway Group and MYOF’s Chairman Mirzan Mahathir for the entire afternoon. The competition categories were: Piano Solo, Piano Duet, String Solo, Vocal Solo, Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Choir.

The highlights of the day were a mini concert by 2007 festival’s ensemble winner: Fresco Harmonica Ensemble. With two new members in the group, they delighted the audiences with a combination of specially arranged classical and modern pieces.

The Festival Finale Concert performed by the MPYO was also graced by MYOF’s honorary advisor, YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Sri Aishah Ong. Before the concert began, two Special Achievement Awards were given out to two most promising participants from the festival. The Piano Solo Special Achievement Award was given to 15 years old Jeremy Yeo Jia Cai from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and the String Solo Special Achievement Award was given to 15 years old Foo Jane Fang from Melaka. Both recipients are given the chance to attend the MPYO music camp as temporary MPYO members and a cash allowance of RM500 when they attend the camp. Jeremy will be attending the up and coming December 2009 camp with a concert tour to Singapore and pre-Christmas concert at the Dewan Filhamonik Petronas while Jane will be given the chance to attend the March 2010 music camp.

Despite the dry and cold acoustics, Conductor Kevin Field brought out the best in some of the finest young musicians from Malaysia, enlightening the audiences with a most interesting programme of various type of music. For the classical music lovers, there were all time favourites from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, Sibelius’s Romance in C and Serenade for Winds in D Minor by Dvorak. Inspired from Haitian drumming patterns, particularly those of the Juba Dance, the percussion ensemble piece, Ogoun Badagris by Christopher Rouse brought a change of mood among the audiences before ending the first half of the concert with the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean. After a short interval, the MPYO continues to delight the audiences with local arrangements of Tanah Pusaka by Dato’ Marican and an old time favourite Tunggu Sekejap by P. Ramlee. The performance ended with the familiar tunes from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and many went home feeling inspired and proud of such wonderful performance by our very own Malaysian Youth.

SPECIAL NOTE:

The Foundation appreciates all the support and hard work from all the parents, students and specially the teachers who subscribe to positive musical activities such as the festival as part of every music education curriculum for their students. To the members of Fresco Harmonica Ensemble, thank you for your wonderful performance. To all the volunteers, helpers and members from the Kota Kinabalu Music Society who took the time to come and help out at the festival, a big thank you to you all for being part of the festival, for we could not have done it without you all. To all the judges of the festival: Chee-Hung Toh, Eric Leong, Woon Wen Kin, Roger Lord, Robert Chamberlain, Bobby Chen, Ralph McDonald, Dr. Chan Cheong Jan & Lai Mei Kuen, thank you for taking the time to be part of 2009 festival.

The foundation also wishes to thank all the sponsors for the festival and the finale concert. They are:

Wagner Piano Sdn Bhd, Air Asia Bhd, Symphony House Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Sunway Group, Astro All Asia Network plc and Berjaya Corporation Bhd.

Also, our sincere appreciation goes to our event partners for their contributions to the festival: Members and staff of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Conductor Kevin Field and last but not least, Miss Audrey Ho for her dedication and help in all the event arrangements.

 

Notes from Programme Director:

I would like to congratulate all the winners at the Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2009, which was held on the 29th August 2009at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. The Foundation appreciates all the support and hard work from all the parents, students and specially the teachers who subscribe to positive musical activities such as the festival as part of every music education curriculum for their students. To the members of Fresco Harmonica Ensemble, thank you for your wonderful performance. To all the volunteers, helpers and members from the Kota Kinabalu Music Society who took the time to come and help out at the festival, a big thank you to you all for being part of the festival, for we could not have done it without you all.

The foundation also wishes to thank all the sponsors for the festival and the finale concert. They are:

Wagner Piano Sdn Bhd, Air Asia Bhd, Symphony House Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Sunway Group, Astro All Asia Network plc and Berjaya Corporation Bhd.

Also, our sincere appreciation goes to our event partners for their contributions to the festival: Members and staff of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Conductor Kevin Field and last but not least, Miss Audrey Ho for her dedication and help in all the event arrangements.

This year, we were honored to have YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohd Ali, MYOF’s patron at our festival for the entire afternoon, and also MYOF’s honorary advisor, YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Sri Aishah Ong at the Festival Finale Concert. Many enjoyed the festival, and some even went home inspired after watching the young MPYO members took the centre stage at the Finale Concert.

I would also like to apologize to all participants with regards to the sound problems we had at all the competition rooms, for I did not anticipate such poor sound proofing, not so much from the room’s partition, as I was inform by a parent that, majority of the sound leak were coming for the air condition vent shared by the different rooms, which was also amplified from it’s tunnel. You can all be assured that 2010’s festival will be held at a better place with no such disturbances.

I appreciate the suggestions given by many parents and teachers so that we may improve in the festival organization and the competition structures. The Foundation’s objectives are to promote positive musical activities and provide opportunities for music students to perform, without being bias or showing any favoritism towards any style or method of teachings from all the teachers or music schools. We believe in working together with all music teachers and music schools, working towards one common goal, which is: to increase the standards of musical performance amongst students and promote awareness of such activities. Thus we are constantly looking for different and new event partners or volunteers to help organize our festival while promoting collaboration amongst organizations. Any music teachers or schools who are interested to work together with us to organize our yearly festival is encourage to write in or contact us via email or telephone.

For the 2010 festival, we will open the registration at an earlier date around April and close by mid to late June 2010. We will also re-introduce a pass category of solo performance of one-piece category apart from the current two to three pieces performance for the benefit of those who would like to perform only one piece. Apart from this, there will also be a new category of “Combo-band performance Category” open to young amateurs musicians and those interested to play modern, jazz and pop pieces in a small group. Updates and details will be available by early 2010. So, get ready for some exciting and refreshing performances to make our next festival a truly enjoyable one.

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