ChildAid 2016 to feature 170 young talents

ChildAid 2016 performers take part in a workshop, which includes basic vocals and dance training.
ChildAid 2016 performers take part in a workshop, which includes basic vocals and dance training. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - A guzheng (Chinese zither) player who plays pop music and a six-year-old harpist are among the 170 youths aged 19 and below who will wow the crowd at this year's ChildAid concert, now in its 12th year.

Guzheng player Sylvia Tan, 11, will perform with the Rave Harpers, a 20-piece harp ensemble. The show will also feature 15-year-old ballet dancer Megan Sophie Lau, who won Dancer of the Year at the Rainbow Dance Competition in Los Angeles in May. Ms Lau will be one of the emcees for the evening.

The 90-minute show is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, and produced by The RICE Company, an arts and cultural non-profit organisation. It supports two children's charities, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BAF).

The concert will also feature collaborative pieces by the young musicians, including a mash-up of Daylight by Maroon 5 and Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

"We facilitated the performers' imagination and experimented with different combinations to showcase the best of our performers," said ChildAid's creative director Mr Jeremiah Choy.

Themed "Living Dreams", the concert will feature a special segment that highlights the achievements of the beneficiaries of both charities.

Mr Alvin Tay, ChildAid's co-organising chairman and editor of The Business Times, said: "We hope to celebrate the dreams of those who have persevered on a road less taken and achieved success in spite of their odds, especially those who were less privileged."

STSPMF gives financial assistance to children from low-income families to help them through school, and BT BAF provides fully-sponsored arts training for young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Last year's concert raised almost $2 million for the two charities.

Tickets will be available from Sistic from Friday (Oct 28).

Those who wish to support the two charities can also do so at http://bit.do/ChildAid2016.