Tickets to ChildAid concert sold out

About 900 tickets for the public snapped up for the charity shows featuring young talent

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Tickets to next week's ChildAid concert have been sold out.

Organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, the annual charity event features young singers, musicians and dancers mostly under the age of 19 who were picked through auditions and by invitation.

Close to 4,000 people, including corporate sponsors and partners, will watch the concert over two nights on Dec 7 and 8 at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre.

Marina Bay Sands is ChildAid's official venue partner, while banks Citi and HSBC are its main sponsors. Other sponsors include Cerebos, Keppel REIT and OCBC.

About 900 tickets priced at $18, $28 and $38 had been released for public sales since Nov 12. They were sold out by yesterday.

ChildAid 2012 organising chairman Alvin Tay, who is editor of The Business Times and chairs The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, said: "We are heartened by the overwhelming response to the ChildAid ticket sales. This is proof of the wonderful support for this worthy cause and confidence in the young musical talent we have in Singapore. Going by what we have seen at rehearsals, the cast will deliver an electrifying show and wow the audience."

About 210 youngsters, including an orchestra made up of members from the Orchestra of the Music Makers, will perform at The Electric Edition- themed concert. The acts include song-and-dance numbers, performances by local and regional musicians and dances from ballet to hip-hop.

Performers have been rehearsing intensively at the Singapore Press Holdings Media Centre at Genting Lane since the middle of last month.

Among them is 13-year-old Shubhangi Das who will be singing and dancing at the concert. The Indian national was studying at NPS international School in Singapore when she auditioned for the concert. Though she has since returned with her family to Bangalore, India, she flew back specially to rehearse and perform.

She said: "It's a huge opportunity. It's on a really huge scale. I'm so glad to be part of it."

Proceeds of the concert will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helps children from low-income families with school expenses, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, a programme under The Old Parliament House which gives arts education to underprivileged but artistically gifted children.