SCO Celebrates 20 Stellar Years


SCO’s 20th Anniversary Gala concert featuring celebrity violinist Joshua Bell on April 7, 2016

Since it was first set up in 1996, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) has continued to impress and inspire a broadening audience with its blockbuster presentations and first-rate performances. Thus it should come as no surprise that, as the SCO celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016, it is rolling out a star-studded cast of internationally-established artistes and celebration concerts and events that are set to thrill audiences and fans. Coming up this weekend is their annual Mother’s Day SCO concert, followed by their “Homecoming II” concert in June featuring pianist Melvyn Tan and string ensemble T’ang Quartet.

In July, “Maestros Extravaganza” will showcase three key conductors in SCO’s history – Maestro Choo Hoey, founding Music Director of SCO Maestro Hu Bing Xu and current Music Director of SCO Maestro Tsung Yeh. Additionally, four award-winning Asian conductors will star in August, followed by a Korean-themed concert in September, a Peranakan-themed concert in November and finally, a performance by world renowned violinist Lu Siqing and Singapore-based cellist Qin-Liwei in November, which will extend till the end the year. Funded by the Temasek Education Foundation since 2011, the SCO aims to continue to bring music to a larger audience and to contribute to the progress and appreciation of Chinese music in Singapore by grooming young talents through workshops and masterclasses.

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About the 2016 programme highlights

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About the SCO
The SCO is Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra. The orchestra, which is made up of more than 80 musicians, aims to preserve traditional arts and culture and establish new frontiers through the incorporation of Nanyang (South Sea/South East Asian) music elements in its repertoire. Known for its high performance standards and versatility, the SCO is recognised throughout the world and performs over 110 concerts a year at numerous prestigious concert halls both locally and internationally. During the second-half of 2016, the SCO will feature a retrospective exhibition where milestones and significant moments in SCO’s history will be showcased and celebrated. A large Chinese Music Instrument Exhibition will complement the retrospective exhibition to allow visitors to find out more about Chinese instruments and traditional arts.

Did you know…
Music development in Singapore essentially began with migration patterns and colonial influences. There is much that is unique to the country, lying between the main strands of Western, Chinese, Malay and Indian music. First, there was the traditional Malay music of the island’s earliest inhabitants. This was followed by Portuguese influences in the 16th century from an early colonial occupation. In 1819, with the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles came the first English music and shortly after that, the Chinese and Indian music with the immigrants from those countries. (Source: National Library Board, Singapore)