Singapore Chinese Orchestra

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Singapore Chinese Orchestra
Orchestra
Singapore Conference Hall.JPG
Singapore Conference Hall
Founded 1996
Concert hall Singapore Conference Hall
Website www.sco.com.sg
Singapore Chinese Orchestra's logo on its tenth anniversary.

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) is Singapore's only professional Chinese orchestra.[1][2] It has been located at the Singapore Conference Hall since 2001 after the revamp of the building. Its music director Tsung Yeh, leads the 70 member orchestra. It runs several community outreach programmes as well as a youth orchestra, the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra founded in 2003. That same year it began its Arranger-In-Residence and Conducting Assistant programmes.

History[edit]

In 1968, an amateur Chinese orchestra was established as part of the National Theatre under the auspices of the Minister of Culture,[3] and became a performing unit of the People's Association Cultural Troupe, the People's Association Chinese Orchestra. This became a professional orchestra in 1974.[3] It later changed its name to Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra was inaugurated in 1996 as a national orchestra at the initiative of the then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.[4]

Performances[edit]

Aside from its regular concerts, the orchestra performed a symphonic fantasy epic, Marco Polo and Princess Blue, as part of the Opening Festival of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in November 2002. This work featured not only the orchestra but also a chorus performing in Chinese and Mongolian. A year later, the orchestra staged a musical and visual conversation with Singapore's most celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, Mr Tan Swie Hian, at the 2003 Singapore Arts Festival. It was also invited for performances at the World Economic Forum in October and the International Summit of Arts Council in November 2003. In 2004, SCO celebrated the 39th National Day of Singapore by staging a concert featuring over 2300 performers titled "SCO National Day Concert – Our People, Our Music" at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Recently, SCO produced a mega musical production Admiral Zheng He as part of the 2005 Singapore Arts Festival 2005. SCO also embarked on its very first Europe Concert Tour to Budapest, London and Newcastle the same year.

Patron and board of directors[edit]

Patron: Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister

board of directors
Honorary chairman Mr Chng Heng Tiu
Chairman Mr Chew Keng Juea
Deputy chairman Mr Chia Ban Seng
Directors Ms Chew Lee Ching
Ms Claire Chiang See Ngoh
Mr Choo Thiam Siew
Mr Hee Theng Fong
Mr Heng Chye Kiou
Mr Robin Hu Yee Cheng
Mr Lai Hock Meng
Mr Lee Suan Hiang
Mr Neo Gim Kian
Mr Ong Lay Khiam
Mr Poh Choon Ann
Dr Soh Kay Cheng

List of musicians[edit]

Music Director[edit]

Tsung Yeh joined the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) as Music Director in January 2002. Under Yeh's vision, SCO's repertoire has undergone rapid expansion. He is credited with initiating and designing successful productions such as Marco Polo and Princess Blue-

Associate Conductor[edit]

Quek Ling Kiong

Quek Ling Kiong joined SCO in 1997. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of SCO and Conductor for the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra. In 2002, Quek received the Young Artist Award presented by the National Arts Council (NAC).

During his appointment as the Assistant Conductor for SCO, he conducted School Concerts Series (Tunes of SCO) for all levels of audience ranging from Primary to Universities. His speciality is hosting and conducting educational programmes including the Young Children's Concerts, Young People's Concerts and Outdoor and Community Series Concerts. Quek has his debut with SCO at the Esplanade Concert Hall in 2005 WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles) Opening Concert where he received a standing ovation from international audiences.

Acting Assistant Conductor[edit]

The Current Acting Assistant Conductor of SCO is Yao Shen Shen.

Born in 1982, Yao started learning the Erhu from the age of 4 years old from Professor Wang Yong De. He started learning the piano from 5 years old from Professor Wu Le Yi. Yao entered the Affiliated Primary School of Shanghai Conservatory to learn the erhu in 1992 and subsequently entered the Affiliated Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1995.

He won the first place in the Erhu audition to Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2001 where he majored in both Erhu and conducting. He conducted the Chinese Orchestra of the Affiliated Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a Japanese choir in a concert in 2005. Upon graduation in 2006, he gained admittance into the Shanghai National Music Orchestra where he is currently the Erhu musician and Assistant Conductor.

In October 2006, Yao conducted the Chinese Orchestra of the Shanghai Changning District Experimental Primary School, which was awarded the first prize, in a competition. In February 2007, he conducted the Chinese Orchestra of the Shanghai Yan'an Middle School in another competition and won the gold prize.

Instrumental musicians[edit]

Instrument Musician Position
Gaohu Li Bao Shun Concertmaster
Zhou Ruo Yu Gaohu Associate Principal
Yi Yu Long
Liu Zhi Yue
She Ling
Xu Wen Jing
Yuan Qi
Zhao Li
Erhu Zhao Jian Hua Erhu I Principal
Zhu Lin Erhu II Principal
Ling Hock Siang Erhu Associate Principal
Ann Hong Mui
Chen Shu Hua
Cheng Chung Hsien
Chew Keng How
Hsieh I-Chieh
Qin Zi Jing
Shen Qin
Tan Man Man
Zhang Bin
Erhu / Banhu Tao Kai Li
Zhonghu Wu Ke Fei Associate Principal
Chuan Joon Hee
Goh Cher Yen
Li Yuan
Neo Yong Soon Wilson
Sim Boon Yew
Wang Yi Jen
Cello Xu Zhong Principal
Tang Jia Associate Principal
Chen Ying Guang Helen
Ji Hui Ming
Lee Khiok Hua
Poh Yee Luh
Double Bass Zhang Hao Principal
Lee Khiang
Qu Feng
Wang Lu Yao
Yangqin Qu Jian Qing Principal
Ma Huan
Pipa Yu Jia Principal
Goh Yew Guan
Hou Yue Hua
Tan Joon Chin
Zhang Yin
Liuqin Seetoh Poh Lam
Liuqin / Zhongruan Zhang Li
Zhongruan Zhang Rong Hui Principal
Lo Chai Xia Associate Principal
Cheng Tzu Ting
Foong Chui San
Han Ying
Koh Min Hui
Zhongruan / Sanxian Huang Gui Fang
Daruan Koh Kim Wah
Daruan / Zhongruan Jing Po
Harp / Konghou / Guzheng Ma Xiao Lan
Guzheng / Percussion Xu Hui
Qudi Yin Zhi Yang Dizi Principal
Bangdi Lim Sin Yeo
Bangdi / Qudi Phang Thean Siong
Xindi Tan Chye Tiong
Xindi / Qudi Zeng Zhi
Gaoyin (Soprano) Sheng Guo Chang Suo Sheng Principal
Ong Yi Horng
Zhongyin (Alto) Sheng Seah Kar Wee
Zhong Zhi Yue
Diyin (Bass) Sheng Lim Kiong Pin
Gaoyin Suona Jin Shi Yi Suona / Guan Principal
Lee Heng Quee
Zhongyin Suona / Diyin Suona Liu Jiang
Meng Jie
Cizhongyin Suona Boo Chin Kiah
Guan Han Lei
Percussion Wang Jian Hua Honorary Percussion Principal
Duan Fei Acting Percussion Principal
Tan Loke Chuah Associate Percussion Principal
Ngoh Kheng Seng
Shen Guo Qin
Teo Teng Tat
Wu Xiang Yang

Other musical positions[edit]

Position Musician
Conducting ASSistant Low Cher Yong
Arranger-in-Residence Chuan Joon Hee
Lim Kiong Pin
Sim Boon Yew
Assistant Conductor Quek Ling Kiong

Names of all musicians, apart from the principal and associate principal, are listed in alphabetical order.

Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra[edit]

Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra participating in the Tainan International ChiShi Art Festival.

The Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO) is a group of young musicians between the ages of 13 to 25 years old, It has been under the management of Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) sinces 2003 and held its premier concert ins 2004.

Committee[edit]

SYCO Committee 2009
President Heng Xiangle
Vice-President Cheow Xunqi
Secretary Chow Pei Yan
Scores Coordinator Low Yik Hang
Wardrobe Coordinator Chee Jun Sian
Welfare Coordinator Koh Min Hui
Neo Ye Siang Desmond
Managers Lum Mun Ee
Yong Shu Rong

List of musicians[edit]

Music Director[edit]

Conductor[edit]

Resident Conductor[edit]

Instrumental musicians (2011)[edit]

Instrument Musician Remarks
Gaohu Yang Shihui Rachel Concert Master
Eng Yah Mui, Vanessa
Lim Wan Ying
Ng Rui Jun
Soh Zhong Nie
Tan Chia Sin
Tay Jun Wen
Zhang Chiyang
Zhonghu Keuk Yanzhang, Daryl Zhonghu Principal
Foo Lin Geng
Lim Yi Yan
Neo Wen Kai
Sng Geng
Tan Jun Yuan (Chen Junyuan)
Tang Yui Mun Fabian
Teo Yin Song, Gerald
Yan Ling Yu
Erhu Zhou Boyi Erhu I Principal
Tay Zhi Wen Erhu II Principal
Aylwyn Seto Zi You
Correena Wee Shi Jia
Eugina Koh Kai Xin*
Lai Si Jin
Li Siyu
Lee Michelle Belle
Nicodemus Yim Wai Tuck
Lu HuiYi
Rachael Sim Xsuen
Sean Lee Wen Wei
Theong Li Han
Thor Jia Wen
Yeo Ping Chong
Yim Kum Foong Christine
Yangqin Wong Hui Wen Yangqin Principal
Lim Sen Ji
Wong Zhen
Guzheng Tay Yvonne
He Lang
Yuan Ting
Pipa Tan I-Ming Pipa Principal
Koh Hui Rong
Du Ruo
Goh Sok Kie
Ong Yu Yan Nicole
Tang Yee Ting
Zhongruan Lo Chai Xia Zhongruan Principal
Chew Kee Wei
Koh Hui Ru Jermaine
Koh Min Hui
Ngeow Si Ming Jonathan
Tan Su-Hui Sophy
Daruan Chan Jing Wen Kenny
Tan Zhong Xiao
Liuqin Chew Xin Yi Jessly
Lim Yun Yi
Qudi Tan Qing Lun
Poh Hui Bin Joyce
Qudi / Xindi Heng Xiangle Dizi Principal
Tan Jun Qiang Jonathan
Bangdi Ng Hsien Han
Ong Ting Kai Jason
Gaoyin Sheng Neo Ye Siang Desmond
Lim Xin Norris
Zhongyin Sheng Cai Xiaohan
Ling Xiao Jin
Guan Yu Sheng Hong
Gaoyin Suona Chang Le Suona Principal
Ng Chu Ying
Ong Jun He
Tay Jing Wen
Zhongyin Suona Bay Chuan Sheng Bennett
Cizhongyin Suona Lee Ting Feng Mervin
Diyin Suona Lo Jun An
Cello Gan Ying Ying Cello Principal
Chua Boon Yang
Jasmine Sim Mei Xing
Chee Jun Sian
Wang Mei Zhi Cybil
Koh Kai En Eunice
Lai Si Ning
Lee Chang Yu
Lim Dao Xiang, Daniel
Double Bass Damien Kee Hong Wai Bass Principal
Fu Weiqi
Ngo Lih Yee
Koh Khai Chuan
Yong Gang Gavin
Ng Wei Jie
Percussion Low Yik Hang Percussion Principal
Boo Chong Wei Benjamin Percussion Associate Principal
Goh Ek Jun
Koh Bee Kwee
Li Chengying
Ng Zi Jian Kenny
Poh Zi Yang
Tan Mei Jou Joel
Wong Hui Sian Sharon

Instructors[edit]

Instructor Instrument
Low Cher Yong (former)/ Zhang Bin Gaohu / Zhonghu
Ling Hock Siang Erhu
Zhang Rong Hui Zhongruan / Liuqin
Yu Jia Pipa
Qu Jian Qing Yangqin
Xu Hui Guzheng
Lim Sin Yeo Dizi
Guo Chang Suo Sheng
Han Lei Guan
Liu Jiang Suona
Ji Hui Ming Cello
Lee Khiang Double Bass
Ngoh Kheng Seng Percussion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO)". Web Archive Singapore. National Library Board Singapore. Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "The SCO". Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Frederick Lau (2007). Music in China. Oxford University Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-0195301243. 
  4. ^ "PAssion Arts Partners: The Singapore Chinese Orchestra". People's Association. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 

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