Singer-songwriter Dick Lee to direct ChildAid concert for the first time

Singer-songwriter Dick Lee will direct this year's ChildAid concert, which is themed An Amazing, Awesome Asian Adventure.
Singer-songwriter Dick Lee will direct this year's ChildAid concert, which is themed An Amazing, Awesome Asian Adventure.PHOTO: MM2 ENTERTAINMENT

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

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

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

Said Mr Lee: "I've always intended to work with ChildAid as I've been working with kids and enjoy mentoring the next generation of talent.

"Since it is my first time, and being a musician myself, I'm giving (the concert) a musical stance.

"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 a part of the concert, can send a video of their performance (not more than 15MB) to childaid@dickleeasia.com by June 20.

Speakers and performers fluent in the languages of other Asian countries are welcomed to apply.

Those shortlisted will go for an audition on June 23 and 24, and rehearsals will start from August.

Previous ChildAid performers include crooner Nathan Hartono and pianist Abigail Sin.

This year, the concert is back at Resorts World Sentosa. It will be held on Nov 24 and 25.

ChildAid benefits ST's School Pocket Money Fund which provides pocket money to students from low-income families and BT's 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.