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Chan Hao Li: Reflections on YCF 2023

YCF has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. Beyond an opportunity to write a new piece and explore new musical boundaries, the opportunity to work and communicate with industry professionals is truly something unique and valuable, especially among young composers. 

weird aftertaste has continuously shown support and love for all the weird and new ideas that us young composers keep pushing for, and it's been an honour to have worked with such incredible musicians that can make our wild ideas a reality. 

Throughout the process, our composition mentors have provided us incredibly insightful ideas, not just on how to improve our music, but also how we can think about music.

It was also incredibly refreshing to see the music and ideas of my fellow young composers, and indulging, embracing and learning from the diversity of ideas and mindsets that we all have towards music and music creation. 

There is no doubt in my mind that YCF has left me as a better composer, musician and person.

The 2nd edition of CSS’ Young Composers Forum took place from October 2023 to March 2024. Under the tutelage of senior CSS composers Joyce Koh, John Sharpley and Yuting Tan, 9 young composers were selected to undergo a 6-month creative period of meet-the-musician sessions, lectures, individual lessons and workshop sessions, in order to develop new pieces for local new music collective Weird Aftertaste. YCF 2023 culminated in a final concert at the Singapore Composers Festival 2024, which took place on 23 March 2024.

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