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SPH Gift of Music goes to hospitals and hospices

Singapore, 21 April 2006 – Singapore Press Holdings is bringing the SPH Gift of Music (报业控股音乐献礼) to patients and residents of local hospitals and hospices.

Following the success of the first SPH Gift of Music series, SPH and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO, 新加坡华乐团) decided to develop the SCO Caring Series, which are special performances to benefit patients and residents of hospitals and hospices. These special performances are part of the second season of the SPH Gift of Music series.

Kicking off the second season will be a performance at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on April 24. It will also be the first of six concerts by the SCO as part of its SCO Caring Series (关怀系列).

The launch concert at TTSH is especially meaningful, as it was here in 2003 that the SCO played in a hospital environment for the first time during the SARS period. The SARS concert was so well received that the SCO decided to continue this worthy cause by introducing the SCO Caring Series.

Experience the healing power of Chinese orchestral music as the SCO musicians perform for patients, their family members, caregivers and medical staff.

SCO envisions becoming a people´s orchestra and sees one of its core responsibilities as promoting the appreciation of Chinese orchestral music. Most importantly, the SCO believes that Chinese orchestral music should be appreciated by both the healthy and the sick.

Mr Ken Chang, Executive Director of SCO says, “Music is the means of communication that helps express our care and concern to the patients and care-givers. We sincerely hope that music, with its healing and relaxing effects, can offer comfort, solace and relief to the sick who are suffering due to their illnesses and disabilities.”

SPH shares this belief in bringing the Gift of Music to all, and that is why it has decided to extend the series beyond the heartlands and Botanic Gardens to include performances in local hospitals and hospices.

"Music is for everyone, and bringing quality music to the doorsteps of those who would otherwise not be able to access community events is part of what the SPH Gift of Music series is about. We´re very proud to be sponsoring such a meaningful project,” says Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH.

The other five hospitals to benefit from this series are namely; Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, St. Luke´s Hospital, St. Andrew´s Community Hospital, Dover Park Hospice and Singapore General Hospital.

SPH CEO , Alan Chan, together with TTSH CEO, Dr Lim Suet Wun and SCO´s Executive Director, Ken Chang, will launch the SPH Gift of Music and the SCO Caring Series on Monday, 24 April 2006, 12.30pm, at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Atrium.

Apart from the SCO Caring Series, the second season of the SPH Gift of Music will also include two Singapore Symphony Orchestra concerts in the heartlands and one Latin extravaganza at the Botanic Gardens.

SPH Gift of Music Calendar 2006

Apr 24
Tan Tock Seng Hospital Atrium, 12.30 pm
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

May 16
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, 2.45pm
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

June 11
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, 6pm
Let’s Do Latin! featuring musicians from Cuba, Columbia, Mexico and Asia

Jul 3
St Luke’s Hospital, 3.45pm
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Aug 12
Geylang Serai, open space near Blk 5, Haig Road, 6.30pm
SPH Classical Experience - SSO @ Gelang Serai

Oct 8
Tampines, open field next to Tampines MRT Station, 6.30pm
SPH Classical Experience - SSO @ Tampines

Oct 10
St Andrew’s Community Hospital, 2.30pm
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Oct 11
Dover Park Hospice, 6pm
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Jan 19, 2007
Singapore General Hospital, time to be confirmed
SCO Caring Series by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information on the concert, please contact:

Mr Terence Ho
Senior Manager (Marketing and Sponsorship)
Singapore Chinese Orchestra Co Ltd
DID: 6557 4013
Mobile: 9382 2522
Francis Mah
Assistant Manager
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Fax: 6319 8150
Ms Koh Mui Leng
Assistant Executive (Marketing Communications)
Singapore Chinese Orchestra Co Ltd
DID: 6557 4037
Mobile: 9833 0556

About SPH Gift of Music
Since its launch in May 2005, the SPH Gift of Music series has been staging outdoor concerts for the Singapore audience. The SPH Gift of Music brings concerts to the community with performances in the heartlands, parks, and now at hospitals and hospices to connect with the community.

The concert series is one of many outreach events which SPH supports as part of its broadening community involvement.

About Singapore Chinese Orchestra
SCO, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has grown by leaps and bounds. The 70-strong orchestra has established a strong reputation as Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra. As a leading local performing arts group, the SCO aspires to introduce Chinese orchestral music to an ever-broadening audience.

About SPH
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. 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, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every 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 sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.