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SPH Gift of Music pays tribute to homegrown talent

Singapore, 19 March 2009 - From Brahms, Beethoven, Big Bands to Budak Pantai, the popular SPH Gift of Music (GOM) promises a musical buffet offering the best of classical, pop, rock and acappella.

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, leading media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is presenting a series of GOM concerts featuring local talents performing a wide spectrum of music from this month till the end of the year. Currently in its fifth year, the free concerts will be held at the heartlands, parks and campuses, as well as the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and the Paragon Shopping Centre.

Opening this year’s GOM series will be two Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) concerts at the Nanyang Technological University (Nanyang Auditorium) on 20 March and Toa Payoh Central (open space in front of Toa Payoh Community Library) on 21 March.

Those who missed SSO’s well-received Beethoven Festival at the Esplanade earlier this year will be delighted to know that the upcoming weekend concerts will include a repertoire of Beethoven’s greatest works, including his world famous Symphony No. 5 and Egmont Overture.

Under the baton of SSO Young Associate Conductor Darrell Ang, winner of several prestigious international competitions including the 2008 Toscanini Orchestral Conducting Competition, the national orchestra will also perform with homegrown violinist Seah Huan Yuh, a First Class Honours graduate from the University of Birmingham (UK) and recipient of the Roland Gregory Prize.

It will be the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s (SCO) turn to dazzle concert lovers the following weekend as they perform at Marine Parade Central (open space at Blk 87) on 28 March and at the open space next to Hong Kah North CC on 29 March. Conducted by Singapore Young Artist Award winner Quek Ling Kiong, the SCO will be performing a repertoire of popular Chinese classics as well as local compositions. Young winners of the NAC Chinese Instrumental Competition will also take centrestage.

Over at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore’s leading acappella group Budak Pantai, who recently performed at the Singapore Entertainment Awards, will join other local acappella groups to charm audiences with their harmonious voices from 9 to 12 April. After its successful debut at last year’s GOM, the award-winning Philharmonic Winds will also return to perform two concerts in July and December.

Another highlight of this year’s GOM will be a series of concerts specially presented at the Paragon Shopping Centre, which is managed by SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary Orchard 290. Local songbirds Umi Yushida, Ruth Ling, John Lee and Hazrul Nizam of Vocaluptuous, popular local bands E.I.C, Jack & Rai, Ngak & Clement as well as Singapore’s very own big bands such as the Singapore Jazz Orchestra, Thomson Big Band, the Jazz Nuts Big Band, City Swing Big Band and the Summertime Big Band, will all take turns to wow shoppers at the newly-revamped Paragon on weekends in April and May.

Please see attached Appendix for the SPH Gift of Music concert calendar or visit www.sph.com.sg/gom.html for more concert details.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:
Mr Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Corporate citizenry
As an industry leader, SPH is an active corporate citizen and supports a wide range of community and charitable causes, ranging from education, arts and culture to conservation and sports. For its contributions to the community, SPH was named the Top Corporate Giver by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2005 and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council every year since 1993. It also received the Partner of Heritage award at the 2008 Patron of the Heritage Awards ceremony organised by the National Heritage Board.