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SPH Gift of Music presents An Evening in December

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Dec 4, Sunday, 6pm

Singapore, 30 November 2005 - Get ready for a festive finale to the SPH Gift of Music series this Sunday.

Wrapping up the series of outdoor music for the year is a concert featuring an all-girl band performing a mixture of pop, soul, jazz and Christmas favourites.

Leading the band is composer, keyboardist and singer Christine Sham, who recently scored the sountrack of Eric Khoo’s movie Be With Me, which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pop-rock song Be With Me,composed and sung by Christine, has been receiving a lot of airplay on MTV. As a keyboardist, she has played at concerts for various top Asian artistes including Sally Yeh, George Lam, Jacky Cheung and Alan Tam. She will be performing with local singing sensation Stefanie Sun in the latter’s upcoming concert in January next year.

Accompanying Christine at An Evening in December will be drummer Audrey Tang, who is a familiar face at Sentosa’s Jazz on the Beach and Esplanade’s On the Waterfront concert series, together with bass guitarist Mylene Ng. All three girls are also members of a jazz and R & B band called Walking on Water. Lending their powerful vocals to this final Gift of Music concert for the year are singers Nuris and Quek Li Huan. Nuris is a well-known soul singer while Li Huan’s husky voice is likened to that of Karen Carpenter.
Joining them will be well-known composer and singer Clement Chow, famous for being the first Singaporean who sang a national song solo. His rendition of Count on me Singapore, which is also written by him, is still in the hearts of many Singaporeans.

The Barbershop Boys and Girls from the Shanghai American Music School will be adding festive cheer to the concert by performing Christmas classics, a capella style.

The hour-long concert will be performed on Sunday, 6 November at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage at Singapore Botanic Gardens at 6pm.

About SPH Gift of Music
This concert is part of the year-long Gift of Music series presented by media group Singapore Press Holdings to share the joy of music with the community and to celebrate Singapore’s 40th Anniversary.

The series, which began in May 2005, features more than 20 concerts traversing different genres of music, from pop, Latin and R&B, to jazz, Asian percussion, choral, Western classical, Chinese opera and children´s puppets, and promises to be wholesome and entertaining, with something for everyone.

The key partners collaborating with SPH in this Gift of Music series, which ends in April 2006, are the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and a host of individuals and groups representing some of the most recognised names in Singapore music, as well as carefully-selected overseas acts.

The SPH concerts at the Botanic Gardens fall on the first Sunday of every month. In addition to these, SPH will also bring concerts to the community with performances in the heartlands, public areas and parks as part of its outreach efforts to connect with the community.

The concert series is one of many outreach events which SPH supports as part of its broadening community involvement. Each year, the media group contributes to a diverse range of education, arts and culture, community, conservation, sports and charitable projects. SPH was recently named the top corporate giver in Singapore in a survey carried out by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award every year since 1993.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Audrey Perera
Senior Manager
Corporate Relations
DID: 6319 22261 or 96179005
Email: audreyp@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over 300 million page views a month. SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free newspaper Today. SPH operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media, and owns an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company.