Local music groups among performers at SPH Gift Of Music series of free concerts

(Clockwise from top left) MICappella, The Teng Ensemble and The Apex Project are among the 13 performers featured in this series of free community concerts held across Singapore sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
(Clockwise from top left) MICappella, The Teng Ensemble and The Apex Project are among the 13 performers featured in this series of free community concerts held across Singapore sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings Limited.PHOTO: UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE; THE FULLERTON HERITAGE; ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two local a cappella groups, MICappella and The Apex Project, and fusion band The Teng Ensemble will be making their debut appearance at this year's SPH Gift Of Music.

They are among at least eight performers featured in this series of 13 free community concerts held across Singapore sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH).

Others in the line-up include stalwarts Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) at venues such as the Esplanade, concert halls and heartland malls.

The 14th iteration of the annual series kicks off with the SSO at Gardens by the Bay on Saturday (March 10).

Led by Associate Conductor Joshua Tan, the orchestra will perform classical favourites by Beethoven and Mozart, as well as songs from the Broadway musical West Side Story.

The SSO has two other concert dates: The Straits Times Concert in the Gardens on July 29 and a lunchtime concert at Victoria Concert Hall on July 11.

The Teng Ensemble bridges Eastern and Western genres, with its six members playing Chinese instruments pipa and sheng, as well as the guitar and cello.

Formed in 2009, the group is known for its eclectic arrangements of folk songs Di Tanjong Katong and Chan Mali Chan.

Both MICappella and The Apex Project are award-winning a cappella groups from Singapore. MICappella picked up the Best Asian A Cappella Album at the 2017 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in the US.

The Apex Project emerged champion at the 2016 National A Cappella Championships (Singapore) and also won Best Performance at the 7th Shanghai A Cappella Festival 2017.

Other concerts include SCO Community Concerts at Ci Yuan Community Club and near Jurong East MRT station; Opera in the Park by SLO at Singapore Botanic Gardens; and two arts festivals: Pesta Raya - Malay Festival of Arts in July and Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts in November, both to be held at the Esplanade.

SPH Gift Of Music was first launched in 2005, with a concert by the SSO at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For more information on this year's concerts, go to http://sph.com.sg/sph-gift-of-music.

Correction note: In the previous version of the story, we said that there were 13 performers slated for the concerts. This is wrong. We are sorry for the error.