K-pop and Oscars mix for ChildAid

(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.
(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.PHOTOS: BERITA HARIAN FILE, JANANI SRIDHAR, ST FILE
(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.
(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.PHOTOS: BERITA HARIAN FILE, JANANI SRIDHAR, ST FILE
(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.
(Clockwise from far left) Pop singer Farisha Ishak, soprano Janani Sridhar and emcee student Chang Gah-Kay are among the participants at this year's 10th anniversary ChildAid concert.PHOTOS: BERITA HARIAN FILE, JANANI SRIDHAR, ST FILE

10th anniversary of the charity concert will see its performers wear both playful costumes and glamorous attire

This weekend, youth versions of Adele, Ed Sheeran and even a Disney princess or two will take the stage at Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

With one difference.

The performances at the charity concert ChildAid will have a distinctive Oscars- meet-K-pop flavour this year.

Show director Jeremiah Choy, 52, explained how he came up with the idea of mashing the "trendiness of K-pop" with the "glamour of the Oscars" for the upcoming All-Stars Edition, which will feature more than 200 performers on stage at MBS, the official venue partner.

"Because it is ChildAid's 10th anniversary, I immediately thought of the Oscars. But having just the Oscars theme alone feels a little bit too old for the performers that we have. Of course, all of our performers love K-pop, so that's why we wanted to have this mish-mash," he said.

Moe Kasim, 44, owner of costume boutique Moephosis Concepts in Joo Chiat Road, is hard at work bringing out the mix of styles as the concert's costume designer.

Performers in the first half of the show will wear costumes that are "more playful" and come in "brighter colours". The second half sees the youth in formal wear - smart suits and glittering long gowns.

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The frenzied preparations are for a good cause: The annual concert raises money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

Concertgoers who buy the ChildAid commemorative books at the venue may get them autographed after each show by some of the performers, local stars in their own right.

The line-up includes illustrious alumni such as classical pianist Abigail Sin, soprano Janani Sridhar and pop singer Farisha Ishak.

Although most of the performers profess to prefer the Oscars side of things, they still think K-pop is "really cool".

"Even though I am not a fan of K-pop, it's a nice combo and it's really different - I am a big fan of different," said Chang Gah-Kay, 15, one of the show's eight emcees.

One of a host of fresh faces, the Xinmin Secondary student said that apart from learning how to control her talking speed, she was also constantly reminded about pronunciation and enunciation.

"I'm quite comfortable, but I'm also worried about criticism. However, mistakes are where we learn the most from," she added.

Another first-time participant, Aida Mohamed Zulkifli, 14, from Anderson Secondary School, will be performing one of her own compositions, a song titled Pirate Ship.

The vocalist said: "I feel very nervous as it is the biggest crowd I've faced."

Although she did not look forward to rehearsals at the beginning as they were long, Aida added: "Now that there are only a few days left, I kind of wish that rehearsals would be longer so that I get to spend more time with the people."

Additional reporting by Jessica Ho and Cammie Tan

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