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SPH Gift of Music soothes the sick at St Luke´s Hospital

3 July 2006, Monday, 3.45pm
St. Luke´s Hospital Conference Room
Level 2, St Luke’s Hospital (2 Bukit Batok Street 11)
Free Admission

Singapore, 30 June 2006 - Patients of St Luke’s Hospital can relax to the soothing strains of the pipaand guzhengthis coming Monday when the SPH Gift of Music presents its third SCO Caring Series concert there.

These classical Chinese string instruments will take centrestage at this 45-minute concert performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.Music played on these instruments are said to have a therapeutic quality to calm the minds of those suffering from physical discomfort. The sounds of these string instruments can be lively and charismatic, with overtones that have been likened to the female voice.

SCO musicians Yu Jia (俞嘉) and Ma Xiao Lan (马晓蓝) will charm the audience with their popular Chinese folktunes. Be mesmerised by Yu Jia’s pipaskills as she performs beautiful folktunes such as Send Me a Rose (送我一枝玫瑰花), Dance of the Yi Tribe (彝族舞曲) and Flying Flowers on Jade (飞花点翠), while Ma Xiao Lan´s rendition of Lotus out of Water (出水莲), Fish Hawks Playing in Water (寒雅戏水) and Red Flowers on the Mountain (山丹丹花开红艳艳) on the guzhengare bound to delight the audience.

Launched in April this year as part of the second season of the SPH Gift of Music series, the SCO Caring Series aims to bring the joy of Chinese orchestral music to the patients, as well as their families and caregivers. It has so far enjoyed two well-received performances at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in April and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital in May. The remaining hospitals that will benefit from this concert series are 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.

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For more information, 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

Christina Low
Corporate Services Executive
St Luke’s Hospital
DID: 6895 3287
Email: christinalow@slh.org.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 14 newspapers in the four official languages, including Singapore’s first free Chinese newspaper, My Paper, and over 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. More recent online additions are the classified website, ST701, and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Internet and via mobile messaging.

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.