Lion City Festival

Lion City Festival was commissioned by the Co-Curricular Activities Branch of the Ministry of Education as one of the test pieces for the Singapore Youth Festival 2010 Central Judging of Concert Bands, an annual event at which school ensembles from throughout Singapore can receive gold, silver or bronze awards for their performance.

The English name for Singapore comes from Malay Singapura, which has Sanskrit roots meaning ‘Lion City’. Indeed, a lion’s head has been adopted as the national symbol for the island city-state and a famous statue of a Mer-lion decorates the water front.

Lion City Festival is in the form of a quick march in ABA form. An opening fanfare leads to a perky march tune which is taken up by the full band. A change of key heralds a legato trio section before the main theme returns in varied form.