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SPH Gift of Music celebrates diversity in music

Singapore, 13 February 2012 - This year's SPH Gift of Music concert series by leading media group Singapore Press Holdings will offer a diversity of music genres. 
Apart from its usual showcase of classical music, pop, jazz, rock and opera, the free concert series will be adding world music, anime and video game soundtracks to its expanding repertoire. A total of 25 concerts will be organised under the banner of SPH Gift of Music this year. 
Kicking off the series in February will be performances by two wind orchestras - The Philharmonic Winds and the Singapore Wind Symphony. The Philharmonic Winds will present a special Valentine's Day concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 14 February while the Singapore Wind Symphony Youth Winds, which is partnering the SPH Gift of Music for the first time, will perform an exciting selection of soundtracks from Japanese anime and video games on 25 February at COSFEST, an annual event popular with Cosplayers. 
Coming up next will be the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in March. The national orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Darrell Ang, will be playing easy-listening classics at Temasek Polytechnic, accompanied by young violinist Lanabel Teo, second-prize winner of the National Music Competition in 2011. 
Other highlights this year include a world music concert at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre in April featuring a tapestry of world music genres such as flamenco and Irish music. Singer/Song Writer Brandon Lee, a newcomer who was the opening act for international pop band Simple Plan's recent concert in Singapore, will perform with his own band in June when he launches his new album. The Esplanade, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will bring together some local acts in a celebration concert in October.
Popular concerts such as Singapore Lyric Opera's Opera in the Park, the SCO Community Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Jazz On the Roof with Singapore-based British jazz artist Greg Lyons, will also return to wow local audiences. 
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. 
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Singapore Press Holdings
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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 18 newspaper titles in four languages.  On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 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 330 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,, and The Straits Times RazorTV. 
SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
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 Out-of-Home 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.