News: Issue 31

Published on 8 December 2015


Oriental Champs

A competition organised by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra has proved to be a rousing success.

Top-quality original compositions for orchestral music are hard to come by. As such, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), supported by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, organised the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition to draw entries from around the world. At the finals held on 20 November, Gordon Fung Dic-Lun (Hong Kong) clinched the top prize with his composition ‘Arise, You Lion of Glory!’, with Liu Wei-Chih (Taiwan) and Kong Zhi Xuan (China) taking second and third spots. The Singaporean Composer Award went to Wong Kah Chun while the Young Singaporean Composer Award to Chew Jun An. The winning compositions were performed in a rousing concert at the SCO Concert Hall on 21 November.

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PHOTO Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Classic Move

Singapore’s youth orchestra to come under Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

As of 1 January 2016, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) will come under the full management and operational responsibility of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), which takes over its reins from the Ministry of Education (MOE). Made up of over 200 talented young musicians representing more than 50 schools across Singapore, the SNYO will continue to be recognised by MOE as a National Project of Excellence. Members studying in mainstream secondary schools will have their participation recognised in lieu of a school-based Co-Curricular Activity. This move allows for the SSO to nurture the most talented classical musicians in Singapore and to build a more vibrant and integrated music community here.

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PHOTO Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Art-Felt Experience

A well-curated art collection helps hotel win top tourism award.

At the recent Singapore Experience Awards 2015, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Capella Singapore clinched the Best Hotel Experience award — and art had a big part to play in it. What enhances the Capella experience, besides exceptional hospitality, is its impressive 900-piece art collection. Without leaving the hotel, guests get to enjoy world-class works by renowned artists and designers such as Singaporean artist Yeo Siak Goon, whose 4.8m-by-4.8m painting adorns the space beneath the Grand Ballroom, and French sculptor Bernar Venet’s ‘The Arcs’, which graces the lush grounds.

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