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National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition 2017 opens for registration

Singapore, 13 April 2017 --- Registration for the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition 2017 will start on 17 April.

Organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, and co-organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Chinese flagship newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao, together with TCR Music Station, mm2 Entertainment and Jurong Junior College, the competition is open to students in secondary schools, pre-universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). 

Now in its third year, the competition will have three categories: Solo, Group and Songwriting.  The Solo category is only open to Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents (PR). For the Group category, at least 50% of the group members must be Singaporeans or Singapore PRs. 

Prizes for this year's competition amount to $18,000. The first-prize winner of the Solo category will receive $1000 cash while the top winners of the Group and Songwriting categories will receive $1,500 cash. All first prize winners will also receive a pair of return air tickets on board SilkAir to either Darwin, Laos or Fuzhou, China. 

All participants are required to take part in an audition on 27 May. A total of 20 contestants in the Solo category and 20 groups in the Group category will be selected at the audition. They will compete in the preliminary round on 23 June where 10 soloists and 10 groups  will be picked to compete in the semi-finals on 9 July. The final 5 participants from the Solo category and 5 groups from the Group category will compete in the finals on 12 August

Registration deadline for the Solo and Group categories is on 19 May. Registration deadline for the Songwriting category is 2 June.

Participants who are keen to take part in the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition can visit or

Key dates and venues for the event are as follows:

Audition - 27 May. Venue: Jurong Junior College
Preliminary Round - 23 June. Venue: Singapore Polytechnic
Semi-Finals - 9 July. Venue: Singapore Polytechnic
Finals - 12 August. Venue: Singapore Polytechnic

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About Singapore Press Holdings
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media.

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also 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. 

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About Lianhe Zaobao
Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the largest-circulating Chinese newspaper in Singapore. Widely recognised in Southeast Asia for its superior quality as a responsible, objective, fair and credible newspaper, it also enjoys a good reputation and considerable influence in the global Chinese communities. Its 200-strong editorial team, including correspondents based in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, keeps Singaporeans informed of major developments in the region., the online edition of Zaobao, has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 1995. Managed by CMG Digital (CMGD), the digital arm of CMG, incorporates the content and journalistic values of its three flagship papers – Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, and Shin Min Daily News. The site offers daily premium content from the three Chinese publications, and also brings to audiences a variety of digital-exclusive videos, animations and interactive content in the free sections of

The site now draws over 4 million daily page views and attracts a monthly readership of 10 million, and subscribers can also access the e-papers of Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News on the website and apps of