News from Katryna Tan, this time about Malaysia. Katryna's teaching centre, Rave Harps, has just moved to splendid new premises in Singapore, and there is also a substantial Malaysian division. On February 8th, an inaugural concert took place in the Cempaka Schools hall (Cheras Campus).
Cempaka is the only school in Malaysia that has a harp program, directed by Katryna Tan together with a team of dedicated teachers (who also form the Poise Harp Trio) - Dan Siew Yee, Yap Zhe Zhen, and Ong Foong Huang. The concert features 14 harps and nearly 30 harpists, with a variety of pieces from classical, to jazz, to combinations with the Malaysian gamelan, and collaborations with singers and dancers. Katryna also performed solo as a guest artist.
Katryna writes: "The concert was graced by the school's founder and mentor Dato'Freida Mohd Pilus, whose idea it was to have a harp programme some years ago. We had a full house, and it was a wonderful event for all the young harpists - so creatively done by the school's artistic team, Cempaka's music team and the Poise Harp Trio!"