In conjunction with the 15th Anniversary of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), the inaugural Singapore National Chinese Orchestra Marathon (NCOM) was held from 3 to 25 February. Funded by the Temasek Education Foundation (TEF), the event aims to cultivate an appreciation of Chinese orchestral music.
For 23 days, 32 Chinese orchestras held concerts across the island, playing at various locations such as community clubs and the Esplanade. 1,200 musicians from 10 to 74 years old participated in this event, reaching an audience of over 20,000 individuals. The event culminated in the finale concert, “A Music Showcase”, held at the SCO Concert Hall.
Joyce Poh, 24, was one of the musicians who performed in the finale concert. A member of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra, Joyce has been playing the dizi for 12 years. “It was a dream come true for me as I had always wished to be able to perform with the SCO,” said Joyce. “This event allowed me to gain a very precious learning experience as I got to hear comments and advice from the SCO musicians and teachers during my rehearsals.”