Dick Lee to direct ChildAid concert

Dancers from Jitterbugs Swingapore rehearsing for last year's ChildAid concert. Mr Dick Lee, who will be the creative director of this year's concert, said he "always intended to work with ChildAid".
Dancers from Jitterbugs Swingapore rehearsing for last year's ChildAid concert. PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, MM2 ENTERTAINMENT
Dancers from Jitterbugs Swingapore rehearsing for last year's ChildAid concert. Mr Dick Lee, who will be the creative director of this year's concert, said he "always intended to work with ChildAid".
Mr Dick Lee, who will be the creative director of this year's concert, said he "always intended to work with ChildAid".PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, MM2 ENTERTAINMENT

It will have a musical stance and feature famous and familiar Asian songs, says singer-songwriter

ChildAid is back for its 13th edition and, for the first time, the annual charity concert will have Singapore's leading singer-songwriter Dick Lee as its creative director. The concert is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.

"We are thrilled that Dick Lee has come on board. We wanted this year's ChildAid concert to have a different approach, and we have no doubt Dick will bring his unique style to the concert," said ST news editor Marc Lim, who is the concert's co-organising chairman.

The concert's theme is An Amazing, Awesome Asian Adventure. It traces four young individuals' inspiring encounters in each of the Asian cities they travel to.

"I have always intended to work with ChildAid as I have been working with kids and enjoy mentoring the next generation of talent," said Mr Lee. "Since it is my first time, and being a musician myself, I am giving the concert a musical stance.

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"There will be famous and familiar Asian songs, both traditional and pop ones from my repertoire, and we will be mixing them all up."

Children who can sing, dance, host or play a musical instrument, and want to be part of the concert, can send a video of their performance - not more than 15MB in size - to childaid@dickleeasia.com by June 20.

Speakers and performers fluent in the languages of other Asian countries are welcome to apply. Those shortlisted will attend an audition on June 23 and 24, and rehearsals will start from August.

The concert will be held at Resorts World Sentosa on Nov 24 and 25.

ChildAid benefits The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which provides pocket money to students from low-income families, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which supports arts education for children and youth from underprivileged families.

Last year, more than $2 million was raised. More details on ChildAid 2017 are available on facebook.com/childaid

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'Dick Lee to direct ChildAid concert'. Print Edition | Subscribe