Terrence Wong

Red Oak – Quercus rubra  

Created using a mix of electronic sound samples and live recordings of children’s laughter and bells from Kensington Gardens itself, my piece for the Red Oak tree invokes a sense of nostalgia. The soundscape imagines the experiences the wisened trees might have been through in their long life, observing as innumerable humans go about their leisurely business in the gardens for years and years.

Singaporean composer Terrence Wong is currently pursuing a MMus (Composition) at the RCM with William Mival, supported by the Robert Anderson Award and the NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate). In addition to having been commissioned by numerous ensembles such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, he was also the composer-in-residence at the Singapore Wind Symphony from 2015 to 2017. He believes that music composition is a lifelong yet fulfilling process of research, appreciation, creative thinking and performance, and aims to express the intricacies of life, love, loss and death through his work.