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SPH Gift of Music presents SCO Caring Series at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

16 May 2006, 2.45pm, Free Admission
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Hall, Main Building, Ground Floor
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, 705 Serangoon Road

Singapore, 15 May 2006 – Following the successful launch concert at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in April, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will present the second SCO Caring Series concert (新加坡华乐团关怀系列) at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital tomorrow. The SCO Caring Series, which are special performances to benefit patients and residents of hospitals and hospices, form part of the second season of the SPH Gift of Music series which debuted in May last year.

To allow all patients to experience the joy and healing power of music, student volunteers from Bishan Park Secondary School will be at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital to help wheel patients who are not mobile to the performance area.

SCO musicians will entertain the patients, caregivers and volunteers with popular and cheerful Chinese classics such as Thunderstorm and Drought (旱天雷) and Delightful Melody in Good Times (娱乐升平). The orchestra will perform under the baton of SCO’s Assistant Conductor Mr Lim Kiong Pin (林向斌).

The concert at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital is the second of six concerts under the SCO Caring Series. The remaining hospitals that will benefit from this series are St. Luke´s Hospital, St. Andrew´s Community Hospital, Dover Park Hospice and Singapore General Hospital.

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.

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For more information on the concert, please contact:

Francis Mah
Asst Manager
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
E-mail: mahys@sph.com.sg

Chin Woon Ying (Ms)
Executive (Marketing Communications)
DID : 6557 4037
Mobile : 9155 7059
Email : wychin@sco.com.sg