Kid power

The show must go on, even for tweens and teens.

Matthew Supramaniam, 13, was suffering from a bout of laryngitis, but that did not stop him from taking to the stage three nights in a row to sing the hymn All Things Bright And Beautiful at this year's ChildAid concert.

The boy soprano's voice may have quavered, but his enthusiasm did not.

A total of 130 young talents lit up the stage at University Cultural Centre with their energy last Thursday to Saturday.

On an elaborate set crafted like a giant storybook, they sang songs celebrating friendship and hope and danced and gave inspired performances on various musical instruments.

The concert raised money for underprivileged children supported by The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

This year's concert - the seventh since 2005 - helped to raise a record $1.88 million, topping last year's sum of $1.28 million.

The main sponsors this year were Citibank and HSBC Bank, while the official venue partner was the National University of Singapore's Centre For the Arts.

Life! presents some of the concert highlights.

kimspyke@sph.com.sg