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National Schools Xinyaoo Singing and Songwriting Competition 2017 - Debut of Xinyao Songbook

Singapore, 13 February 2017 --- The National Schools XinyaoSinging and Songwriting Competition is now open to all students in secondary schools, pre-universities, polytechnics and the ITE. 

The competition will kick off with a series of Xinyaomusic appreciation sessions in 20 schools. For the first time, a Xinyaomusic appreciation songbook will also be published in conjunction with this year’s competition. 

Apart from lyrics and guitar scores of 15 Xinyaosongs, the songbook contains activities and word games related to the compositions. It also includes artwork by local artist Ah Guowho is the illustrator for the book. It will be distributed to students at the appreciation sessions to boost their interest in the learning of the Chinese language. Students can also learn about Xinyaoand its development during these sessions. 

Now in its third year, the competition will have three categories: Solo, Group and Songwriting. The National Schools XinyaoSinging and Songwriting Competition is organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, and co-organised by Lianhe Zaobao, Jurong Junior College and local music production company, TCR Music Station. Please refer to the Annex for key dates of the competition. 

Songwriting workshops conducted by veteran xinyaosongwriters will also be held at Jurong Junior College and St Patrick’s School. 

For further information on the workshops and the National Schools XinyaoSinging and Songwriting Competition 2017, please visit

Please see attached Annex, media release in Chinese and cover artwork of Xinyao songbook. 

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Mr Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028

Ms Hilda Cheng 
Officer, Media Relations
Communications Division 
Ministry of Education 
Tel: 6879 6304 (O) / 9853 1337 (HP) 

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