Singapore, 16 March 2011 --- The Singapore Symphony Children's Choir, young musicians from the acclaimed Mosaic Music Festival, jazz musician Greg Lyons and local singer and composer Lee Weisong are just some of the new acts who will make their debut at this year's SPH Gift of Music concert series.
About 20 free concerts will be staged under the banner of the SPH Gift of Music, sponsored by leading media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). The year-long concert series covers a wide range of musical genres, from classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz, choral music to operas.
Kicking off the new concert series is SPH's long-time partner Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the upcoming SSO @ Marina Bay concert on 19 March at 5.30pm. Under the baton of Young Associate Conductor Darrell Ang, the SSO will perform at the scenic Promontory @ Marina Bay, Marina Boulevard for the first time.
Also taking centre stage this month is the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) with a weekend programme of Chinese classics and pop music. The SCO, led by conductor Quek Ling Kiong, will perform on 26 and 27 March at Yishun and Ang Mo Kio Central respectively.
In addition to the national orchestras, other musical groups which will be returning to perform for this year's Gift of Music series include the Singapore Lyric Opera with Opera in the Park and The Philharmonic Winds.
Singapore pop songs or "xinyao", a genre of pop music which is composed and sung by Singaporeans, will also make its appearance this year. Local singer/composer Lee Weisong and Peter Chen, together with xinyao veteran Hong Shaoxuan, will pay tribute to xinyao in this feel-good concert.
Another major highlight will be a series of mini concerts at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Local bands and musicians will take turns to wow the audience at four weekend concerts at the Esplanade. Each concert has a different musical genre as its theme. One notable concert is Bright Young Things, featuring young jazz musicians who were mentored and groomed by leading Singapore jazz musicians such as Tony Makarome and Joshua Wan.
Another first-time SPH Gift of Music performer is Greg Lyons, a Singapore-based British jazz musician, whose past albums have earned him critical acclaim. He will lead a group of Singapore jazz musicians to perform at VivoCity Amphitheatre.
Launched in 2005 as a gift to the nation to celebrate Singapore's 40th anniversary, the SPH Gift of Music series has been entertaining Singapore audiences in the heartlands, school campuses, parks, concert halls and shopping malls. Thousands of Singaporeans from all walks of life have enjoyed the free concerts.
Details of the concerts are listed in the attached calendar.
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.