Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka

「スリランカ交響楽団」の記録


SOSL Concert in Japan

スリランカ交響楽団のプレイヤーが来日しました。

(写真はチェロセクション)

 




Concert brochures of SOSL

スリランカ交響楽団の演奏会のプログラムの紹介です。
 




Memorial Photos of Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka

Photos taken during the rehearsal and concerts of SOSL.

練習中、本番前後に撮った写真です。
 




Colombo Lady's Collage Hall

SOSL rehearsals and concerts were held at Lady's Collage Hall.

スリランカ交響楽団の本拠地のコロンボレディースカレッジの写真です。
 

 

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) is one of the oldest orchestras in South Asia. Its first concert was on the 13th of September 1958 under the baton of Hussein Mohamed, with the well-known pianist Malini Jayasinghe Peiris as soloist in Beethoven's fourth piano concerto. Earle de Fonseka took over as conductor in 1960, a position he held with dedication and distinction until his demise in 2000. Lalanath de Silva was the conductor from 2000 to 2002. The present principal conductors are Ajit Abeysekera, Ananda Dabare and Manilal Weerakoon.
The SOSL performs four subscription concerts annually. In addition are given many other concerts on special occasions. Sri Lankan and foreign soloists perform regularly with the orchestra, while the services of  foreign guest conductors are periodically obtained. The SOSL takes special interest in fostering young Sri Lankan talent, and dedicates one of its subscription concerts to feature young soloists. It also organizes a biennial concerto competition for young musicians. The SOSL is a non-governmental organization which depends on public support and corporate sector sponsorship for its activities. (
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スリランカ滞在時代に「SOSL」(スリランカ交響楽団)に参加させていただきました。SOSLは南アジア地域ではかなり歴史のあるオーケストラで 、1958年9月13日に第一回のコンサートが開催されたそうです。スリランカ の英国からの独立は1948年ですので独立の10年後にはコンサートを開いていたということになります。 英国植民地時代からクラシック音楽の土壌が築かれていたのだと思います。

スリランカ交響楽団はアマチュアオーケストラです。現在のスリランカ では残念ながら西洋音楽を職業にして生活していくことはできません。団員の方は別の職業に就きながら休日などを利用して大好きな音楽活動を続けているのです。通常の練習は土曜日の午前中にありました。練習場所はコロンボ の「レディースカレッジ講堂」です。約3ヶ月に一回のペースで演奏会を開催しますが会場は同じ場所で行われます。指揮はクラリネットのアジットさん、ホルンの ウィーラクーンさん、ヴァイオリンのアーナンダさんが持ち回りで担当しています。オーケストラのパートでは弦楽器パートが充実していました。弦楽器では特に「チェロ」パートが強力でした。 パートリーダの 「デュッシー・ペレーラ先生」は私の師匠でもあります。

管楽器パートは弦楽器パートに比べると少し弱いです。金管楽器はスリランカ軍の軍楽団からエキストラが来ます。スリランカには音楽大学がなく木管楽器はキチンとした育成体系が整っていません。もっともピアノ・弦楽器にしてもコロンボ在住のイギリス留学経験者に弟子入りし 、一生懸命練習してイギリスへの留学(奨学金獲得)を目指すというのが一般的な西洋音楽の習い方です。しかし留学して音楽を学んだ後スリランカに帰っても音楽の仕事はないので、優秀な人の多くは外国で職に就いてしまうのです。そんな環境ですがペレーラさんとかアーナンダさん等 留学経験者が一生懸命頑張っているのです。このページでは スリランカ交響楽団のコンサートプログラム、演奏会等の写真、本拠地「レディースカレッジ」を紹介します。
 


SOSL Member List

Playing the Music in SOSL

It was one of the greatest opportunities for me to play the music as a member of Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL in short) during the period of staying in Colombo. It was a fortunate occasion that I got the job assignment to work for the Telecommunication Company in Sri Lanka from November 2001 to December 2003. During my stay in Sri Lanka I had been trying to enjoy the life in Sri Lanka and to mingle with the People of Sri Lanka. I thought that playing music together with Sri Lankan players must be the nearest way so that I could make acquaintance of the Sri Lankan friends, because I had been enjoying the music from elementary school to University, and "the language" in the music is common all over the world.

I enjoyed the music among the SOSL players as one of players in the cell section and a privileged  listener. I could listen to the music among players on the stage that must be the best seat to listen. In return for my listening to the music at the best seat, I tried to contribute to SOSL other than playing music, namely preparing for the stage arrangement , moving Grand Piano, setting chairs or selling concert tickets.

SOSL is the only permanent performing orchestra in Sri Lanka. Members of SOSL are the leading musicians in Sri Lanka, and are keen to spread the western Music in the country and to give the chance to listen western music to the various kind of people in Colombo. In order to know about the SOSL, it must be helpful for readers to see some examples of the broachers of SOSL concert. They included the 5th Symphony of Tchaikovsky and 2nd Piano Concert of Brahms. It may be difficult for SOSL to play the symphony of Mahler or Buckner, but enough to play the classical standard symphonies.

Biggest gratitude has to go to my Cello Teacher at Colombo 'Ms Dushyanti Perera'. She is one of senior members of SOSL, and member of The Colombo Trio. She always encouraged me not only at lesson but also on stage. Actually I realized that listening to the live music is very important as well as practicing the music in order to improve playing the instrument. And through playing music in cello section under Ms Dushyanti leadership, realized that I could study how to enjoy the music. Enjoying the music may must be the best way to improve in music. 

The members of SOSL were cozy and friendly. There was no difference in creating music between Japanese and Sri Lankan. Especially the member of cello section were so generous and patient that they could overlook some of my mistakes on stage. Actually it was important task for me not to disturb music and not to make noises on the stage. 

Due to the daily practicing at my home at night and intensive rehearsals on Saturday at The Collage hall, my life in Colombo was very exciting and fruitful. I had been enjoying the music from my childhood in school band at junior high school and high school and at the  Orchestra at University in Japan. I had been playing the Clarinet until University Orchestra and I started to study to play the Cello about 10 years ago in order to enjoy more various music, such as Baroque and Classical composers' work.

I dedicate this contents to friends of SOSL in Colombo, I  hope that SOSL can go to Jaffna or Kirinochichi in the northern part of Sri Lanka in order to share the enjoy of peaceful time with the Tamil people one day.


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