From evergreens to festive melodies, music therapy to ease the pain

The Teng Ensemble performs at Dover Park Hospice as part of its Teng Gives Back programme.
The Teng Ensemble performs at Dover Park Hospice as part of its Teng Gives Back programme.PHOTO: THE TENG COMPANY/DOVER PARK HOSPICE

Chinese fusion instrumental group The Teng Ensemble has been playing music together for 14 years now, but only last year did it realise the impact of its music.

Last December, ensemble member and pipa player Samuel Wong was called to Assisi Hospice to play at the bedside of the dying tabla player, M.S. Maniam.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Music to ease the pain'. Print Edition | Subscribe