Friday, 19 January 2007, 7pm
Singapore General Hospital
Outram Road, Blk 7 Level 1
Fountain Garden “The Quad”
Singapore, 17 January 2007 - Over 800 patients and caregivers have enjoyed the SCO Caring Series (关怀系列音乐会) since its launch in April last year. Sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) under its SPH Gift of Music Series (新加坡报业控股
音乐献礼), the musicians from Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO 新加坡华乐团) will wrap up its 2006 series in a final installment at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH 新加坡中央医院) on January 19 at 7pm.
Dr Lee Boon Yang, the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, will be the Guest-of-Honour. He will be accompanied by Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, SCO Chairman Mr Chew Keng Juea (周景锐先生) and SCO Board of Directors.
The Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO), the youth wing of SCO, will join its seniors from SCO in the 45-minute concert at the SGH. The repertoire of this evening concert will consist of crowd-pleasers such as easy-listening classics Melodies of Yangzhou
(扬州小调), Folk Tunes of Australia (澳洲民歌两首),and evergreen classic Top of the World,a chart-topping hit made famous by The Carpenters.
The SCO Caring Series was launched with the objective of bringing music to benefit patients and residents in hospitals and hospices who would otherwise not be able to enjoy outdoor performances. Patients and caregivers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, St Luke´s Hospital, St Andrew´s Community Hospital and Dover Park Hospice were treated to performances by SCO musicians last year when the series toured local hospitals and hospices.
Heartened by the positive response from the patients and medical staff of these beneficiary hospitals, SCO, in addition to performing at hospitals, will extend the SCO Caring Series to children’s homes and orphanages in the new series this year. In line with the youth theme of this year’s SPH Gift of Music series, SCO Caring Series will make an effort to educate and reach out to children and youths from orphanages and children´s homes in Singapore.
"The healing power of music is proven to soothe and calm the sick. Our partnership with SCO in this community project has brought music to the doorsteps of those who are unable to enjoy the beauty of music in the usual venue. This year, we hope to bring the joy of music to a bigger audience by extending the SCO Caring Series to children’s homes and orphanages," says Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, SPH (林美玲，执行副总裁，新加坡报业控股企业通讯部）。
“Music is an inherent part of who we really are and its exposure during a child´s early years has significant effects on their overall well-being. By introducing Chinese music to the kids at the children´s home, we hope to bring the joy of music-making to the child´s life," says SCO Executive Director Mr Ken Chang (张振源,新加坡华乐团行政总监).
This year’s SCO Caring Series will tour Bright Vision Hospital, Infant Jesus Home, Assisi Home & Hospice, Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped and the Haven Children’s Home (Singapore Salvation Army), in addition to an outdoor concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. More details will be announced at a later date.
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, 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.
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Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or 83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. SPH’s online and new media initiatives include its recruitment and job search service, ST701, and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.
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About Singapore Chinese Orchestra
Into its 11th year, the SCO has grown by leaps and bounds. The 72-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.