The Derwent Valley Concert Band will depart on its 10th overseas tour on Monday, 9th July 2018. They will spend 10 days travelling and presenting concerts through various places in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Taiping, George Town, and Kota Kinabalu. They will cooperate with local music organisations and schools by sharing rehearsals, workshops, and performances. They will also take the opportunity to absorb as much of the Malaysian culture as possible.
Malaysian singer, composer and teacher, Mia Palencia (currently resident in Hobart) will be touring with the band performing jazz/popular standards and some of her own compositions, including So Many Hands, the theme song she wrote for, and performed at, the opening of the 2017 South East Asian Games; and Sabahan Songs – ‘a modern-day immigrant story’ commissioned especially for this tour.
The organisation of this tour has been greatly assisted by Rosie Chung and Paul Baker. Rosie lives in Kota Kinabalu and has taken complete care of almost every aspect of our 3-day visit there! Paul, a long-time resident of Kuala Lumpur, is the Principal of the British Academy of Performing Arts and a respected composer conductor. The DVCB is honoured to be performing his Taiping Suite in Taiping under the baton of the composer himself!
Summary of performances:
Wednesday, July 11, at the British International School, in Kuala Lumpur
Thursday, July 12, with the Sam Tet Secondary School, in Ipoh
Friday, July 13, Taiping
Sunday, July 15, in George Town, Penang – with the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra
Tuesday July 17, with the Kian Kok Middle School, in Kota Kinabalu
Wednesday, July 18, for the Kota Kinabalu Rotary Club (Pearl)