DAMIEN LIM YONG SENG
Founder, Music & Executive Director
DipABRSM, ATCL, LGSMD (PPD), LRSM, FRSA
Born into a family of musicians, Baba Damien received his early music training under the instruction of his late-Bandmaster Dad, Nicholas Lim & was a member of the Singapore Schools Percussion Band & HeartBeat Percussion Band under Syed Ibrahim BHM. He studied the electone organ with Maria Goh & Ronnie Tan, orchestral percussion with Lim Meng Keh, composition with John Howard (UK) & Eugene Dairianathan, handbells with Emily Li (HK) & Kevin Ko (HK) & conducting with John Hooper (Canada).
Upon leaving Montfort Secondary School in 1993, Damien auditioned to be a member of the Singapore Youth Orchestra from 1994 – 1999 & appointed Principal Percussionist in 1998. He also free-lanced for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Pops Orchestra & Singapore Chinese Orchestra and was a timpanist/percussionist with theatre musicals like ‘Chang & Eng’, ‘Beauty World’, ‘Fried Rice Paradise’, ‘ The Magic Box’, ‘ The Wizard of Oz’ & ‘Forbidden City’… He also conducted the band for musicals such as: Bibiks Go Broadway, Baba Nyonya Mari-Go-Round & Siapa Baba. Damien was Principal Timpanist / Percussionist with the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band from 1996 – 2002, a member of the World Youth Wind Orchestra in Austria in 2000 & the Deputy Conductor of the award-winning HeartBeat Percussion Band (Singapore) from 1998 – 2001. Damien also performs for pop concerts, accompanying local stars like Kit Chan, Dick Lee, Olivia Ong & Taufik Batisah.
Damien is presently conductor & advisor to 12 Primary & Secondary Schools Handbell Ensembles. His handbell teams, to-date, have achieved 10 SYF Distinctions, 9 Golds & 3 Gold with Honours awards for both Primary & Secondary School levels. Damien is also the Founding Festival Director of the SingBellz Fest, Singapore’s Handbells Festival, Music Director for the Handbells Asia Festival 2010 in Melaka, Malaysia, as well as Music Consultant of the 1st Asia International Handbell Festival. Damien was introduced to handbell ringing by Cecilia Lim & Chris Fong. Damien was invited to conduct workshops & exchanges in UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand & Indonesia and actively adjudicates handbell & percussion/drum competitions both locally & regionally. In 2011, he was appointed Music Examiner with a Music Examinations Board. In 2012, he assumed the appointment of Executive Director to the Handbell Ringers of Singapore Society (HRSG) & in 2014, he was conferred a “fellowship” with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (UK).
In 2007, Damien funded & founded the award-winning Ministry of Bellz (MOB), which was awarded the Gold with Honours at the Hong Kong International Handbell Olympics 2013. For his contributions to the local arts scene, he was nominated for the Singapore Youth Awards 2007, NAC Young Artist Award 2007 & 2011 & Spirit of Enterprise Award 2009. Damien is a recipient of the “Friend of the Arts Award” in 2012 & again in 2014 by the National Arts Council as well as the “Exhibition Award” by the Trinity College of Music (UK) in 2005.
A well-travelled musician, Damien has performed, taught & conducted in no less than 25 countries, including UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, France, USA, Brunei, Ireland, Austria.
Baba Damien, a 4th generation Peranakan-Teochew, is a follower of Christ.
He enjoys sharing his music with the young and lives by his motto:
“To Educate, To Share, To Inspire”.