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New body to raise level of Chinese music performances

Federation to represent over 200 music groups and thousands of professionals

Published on Jan 28, 2014 8:07 AM
Singapore Chinese Music Federation council members (from left) Yang Jiwei, Chua Yew Kok, Tay Teow Kiat, Terence Ho and Ling Hock Siang. Last week, Dr Tay, Mr Ho and Mr Yang were elected as the group's president, vice-president and treasurer, respectively. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

A new organisation to promote Chinese music and raise its performance standards has been sent up.

The Singapore Chinese Music Federation, as it is called, will represent the more than 200 local Chinese music groups and thousands of professional musicians. Membership is free.

Cultural Medallion recipient Tay Teow Kiat, the music director and conductor of the City Chinese Orchestra, and Mr Terence Ho, general manager of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), are the driving forces behind the new body. They have formed a 15-member management council comprising young and old leaders representing several Chinese instrumental groups like erhu, guzheng and pipa.

The council held its first meeting last Wednesday at the Singapore Conference Hall, home of the SCO, and elected Dr Tay, 66, as president with Mr Ho, 44, as vice-president. Other office-bearers elected were veteran suona player-turned teacher Yeo Siew Wee, 59, who is secretary-general, and Teng Ensemble's music director Yang Jiwei, 33, who is treasurer.

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