Singapore Symphonia to appoint Mr Chng Hak-Peng as CEO

 SINGAPORE - The Singapore Symphonia Company (SSCL) announced on Tuesday that Mr Chng Hak-Peng will be its chief executive officer from Oct 1.  

Over the past seven years, Mr Chng rose from a volunteer working pro-bono with company's management and musicians, to deputy chairman of the company. 

SSCL's chairman Goh Yew Lin said: "Having worked closely with Hak-Peng on a number of key projects, I am confident that he is very well-suited to managing the challenges that lie ahead."

Mr Paul Tan, SSO director and deputy CEO of the National Arts Council, also welcomed Mr Chng's appointment. "We are confident his diverse corporate experience and deep love of classical music will ensure that the company and orchestra will inspire a new generation of homegrown musicians while building new audiences from all walks of life," he said.

The SSCL will bid farewell to its general manager Chng Kai Jin, who will be leaving to pursue personal goals after 11 years, during which he played a critical role in redeveloping the Victoria Concert Hall. "I will always treasure my time here, working with so many talents," he said.

Mr Anthony Brice, general manager of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) - which is run by SSCL - will also be leaving after five years. He will step down on July 25 to return to the United Kingdom with his family. But he will remain as the orchestra's Advisor till the end of Aug.  

Mr Brice said it has been a privilege to work with the SSO and music director Lan Shui, and he got to see orchestra gain recognition for its performances, both at home and abroad. "Singapore's strong support for the arts will ensure the orchestra continues to flourish and I look forward to following its progress from afar," he said.

The SSO's Music Director Lan Shui said the orchestra has grown under the management of Mr Brice and Mr Chng Kai Jin. "I am very grateful for their commitment and dedication. On behalf of everyone at the SSO, I would like to express our deep appreciation."  

The newly-appointed CEO, Mr Chng, said: "I am honoured to be entrusted to carry on the wonderful work of our two GMs to develop our national orchestra and the SSCL organisation."

The SSCL is also now in the process of recruiting new people to take on new responsibilities in managing the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the National Piano and Violin Competition.