Musical Soundbites: How Singaporean Composers Write Music (Episode 4)

Join young saxophone extraordinaire Samuel Phua as he brings you on an exploratory adventure into the euphonious world of the saxophone and the mysteries of composition. Samuel will share his unabashed passion for saxophones, demystifying the enigmatic instrument with a showcase of his favourite tunes. Catch Samuel on 8 Sep at 8pm on SSO's Facebook page. Samuel will also sit with Singaporean composers to discuss the art of music writing, diving into some of their pieces with their insights. Be ready to hear from composers such as Jonathan Shin, Chen Zhangyi, Terrence Wong, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin, and Zechariah Goh, to learn their thoughts and inspirations behind pieces such as Life by the River and The Malay Wedding. Tune in to SSO's Facebook page on 9, 15 & 16 Sep to hear their stories.

Samuel Phua, host
Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin, composer, educator, performer and Artistic Director of Gendang Akustika
Zechariah Goh, composer and educator


  • Commissioned by Robert Casteels for Pictures at an SG Exhibition, first performed at the DBS Singapore Galleries, National Gallery Singapore on 26 October 2019.
  • Performed by Samuel Phua, baritone saxophone, Ita Nagode, alto saxophone, and Koen Van de Velde, tenor saxophone

ZECHARIAH GOH Souvenirs from Singapore
Performed by Koen Van de Velde, baritone saxophone, Kristina Thede Johansen, alto saxophone, Samuel Phua, tenor saxophone, and Ita Nagode, soprano saxophone

If you would like to listen to all the works performed in this series, check out Samuel Phua's playlist on YouTube here.