She gets to tinkle her song on a baby grand

Hannah Kok performing two pieces on a Steinwaydesigned Lang Lang baby grand, which her school received through the Sing50 Fund's ''Adopt-a-Piano'' initiative. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Hannah Kok performing two pieces on a Steinwaydesigned Lang Lang baby grand, which her school received through the Sing50 Fund's ''Adopt-a-Piano'' initiative. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Pupil performs on Westwood Primary's Sing50 Fund piano at school's opening

A simple piano performance turned out to be the show-stopper during the official opening of Westwood Primary School yesterday .

Primary Three pupil Hannah Kok performed two songs: a self-composed piece titled In My Mother's Love and Dick Lee's Home, a perennial national favourite.

Her song choices were befitting of the occasion, as the school in Jurong West is the first recipient of a Steinway-designed Lang Lang baby grand piano through the Sing50 Fund's "Adopt-a-Piano" initiative.

After her performance, nine- year-old Hannah said: "I feel privileged to play on this piano. It's my first time playing on a high-class piano, so I feel very blessed."

The school received the piano after its programme to develop awareness of Singapore music among its pupils was selected by the Sing50 Fund's board of trustees.

Forty-nine other schools will also be selected to receive the pianos.

Westwood Primary plans to establish a musical performance culture by nurturing budding composers - such as Hannah - and inviting renowned musicians to perform in the school.

Principal Ng Yeow Ling said that the school is excited and grateful for the piano.

"Westwood Primary recognises the important role of music in engaging pupils, and we also support the Sing50 Fund's vision of nurturing local music talent," he added.

The Sing50 Fund, a private sector initiative supported by The Straits Times and The Business Times, aims to keep the local musical heritage alive by developing a wider knowledge and appreciation of Singapore's music and songs.

It plans to do so by providing musical learning resources in schools, such as instruments, instructors and music material.

The fund grew out of the Sing50 concert, which will be held at the National Stadium on Aug 7.

Organised by ST and BT, the concert celebrating Singapore's 50th birthday will feature songs composed, performed or made popular by Singapore artists over the past five decades.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline 'She gets to tinkle her song on a baby grand'. Print Edition | Subscribe