"Whats struck me was the fun that the orchestra seemed to be having, right through to the conducting of Sephiroth, which had sass and fun in equal parts. It was a fitting tribute to the music of the Final Fantasy Series, and the young audience lapped it up with hoots and cheers for all involved."
— Derek Lim, reviewer for The Flying Inkpot on 'Symphonic G-On!' on 12 September 2015
"Despite a few flubs, the music was delivered with high and infectious energy from the soloist and largely young players, their collective love for the score is evident. It was a success for all involved."
— Steven Ang, reviewer for The Mad Scene on 'Sound Paints Music Across Silver Screen' on 16 November 2014
"The loudest cheers were reserved for Liang Wern Fook’s Xin Yao classic Xi Shui Chang Liu, in a light-hearted clap-along with Dixieland echoes transcribed by Wong Kah Chun."
— Dr Chang Tou Liang, reviewer for The Straits Times on 'Beautiful Sunday - Portraits Of Home' on 11 August 2013
“Its annual concert helmed by young conductor Clarence Tan was an ambitious 2-hour effort showing why it prides itself as “the finest wind ensemble of the East”.”
— Dr Chang Tou Liang, reviewer for The Straits Times on ‘The Art of Wind Ensemble 2011’ on 17 July 2011.
“Tackling two well-known pieces from the symphonic orchestra repertoire… the band distinguished themselves in freshness of interpretation and enthusiasm… the full might of Dvorak’s brass writing really came across in the Allegro con fuoco, and there were some top-notch solo performances from the cor anglais as well as lead flautist that I really enjoyed.”
— Derek Lim, reviewer for The Flying Inkpot on ‘The Art Of Wind Ensemble: Vivid Colors’ on 4 Sept 2010.
“Dear Clarence, I can’t tell you how happy I was as an audience watching you and Audioimage performing Singaporean works. I felt like a parent attending my children graduate ceremony. There was so much musicality in your conducting. The musicians were responding very well to you as well. I hope that you will repeat this programme in the near future.”
— Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai after the Singaporean Wind Music Showcase, on Facebook posted 12 Jan 2010.
“Congratulations on the success of Singapore Showcase, Clarence. The exciting works by young Singaporeans composers sounded particularly compelling. You always extract the inner pulse & energy of the music in the most exquisite and powerful manner. The performance of the AI ensemble was vivacious and enthusiastic. I felt greatly inspired by the music. Thank you.”
— Dr Kelly Tang after the Singaporean Wind Music Showcase; on Facebook posted 11 Jan 2010.