Thursday, October 29, 2015

'Landscapes' by Eric Watson and the Conservatory New Music Ensemble - 1 Nov 2015 (Sun)

Landscapes, a concert by the Conservatory New Music Ensemble led by conductor and composer Eric Watson, takes place this coming Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 5pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio. On the programme are works by Watson as well as pieces by Arvo Pärt, Chen Yi and Bright Sheng. Check out the interview video with Watson below, and visit The Esplanade's website for more information!

'Five' by the Graduate Singers

The Graduate Singers (a choir consisting of NUS alumni) celebrate their 5th anniversary with a concert entitled Five on 10 November at Chijmes Hall. On the programme is the premiere of a piece by Chen Zhangyi specially commissioned for the occasion. Other songs in the concert repertoire include pieces by Grammy-winning composer, Eric Whitacre, Toru Takemitsu and Se Enkhbayar. Check out their website!five/c207y for details.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ding Yi Chamber Music Festival - 23 to 25 Oct 2015

Click to enlarge

If you haven't made plans for this weekend, check out the Ding Yi Chamber Music Festival taking place at the Esplanade! It features ensembles from Singapore, Taiwan and China in a three day festival. Check out their website below for more information: 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

SRT The Little Company Audition Notice

From my inbox:

Audition Notice
SRT’s The Little Company is a professional theatre company that produces quality plays and musicals for children. You are invited to audition for our exciting and fun-filled 2016 season.

Audition Information
Date and Time:
Sunday, 1st November 2015, 1800-2100
Monday, 2nd November 2015, 1400-1900

The Loft @ SRT
11 Unity Street, Robertson Walk
#02-08, Singapore 237995

· Age 20 and above
· Able to commit to a full time schedule for 8-10 consecutive weeks (daytimes and evenings)

Audition materials:
a) 2 Contemporary monologues: 1 comic and 1 dramatic
· Must be from published plays
· No longer than 1 minute each

b) 2 Contrasting Songs: 1 Ballad and 1 Uptempo
· Must be from published musicals
· Must be performed with minus one backing tracks. SRT will provide speakers and a CD player.
· Alternatively, you may bring a piano accompanist. SRT can provide a keyboard provided the request is made at least 24 hours in advance.

All audition material must be memorised.

Registration deadline : Monday 26th October 2015
To register for an audition, please email the following to
Subject heading: TLC Audition 2015, (your name)
• CV (2 page maximum)
• Good quality headshot
• preferred date and time of audition (please list two options)

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with confirmation of an audition timeslot.

About Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company

The Little Company is a professional theatre company that produces quality plays for children. We aim to enthrall children from ages 2 to 12, with theatre that is written, designed and performed specifically for them by professional adult actors. We strongly believe that theatre can help children develop socially, mentally and emotionally. The Little Company was founded in 2001 by Singapore Repertory Theatre based on the belief that children deserve the same quality of theatre as adults.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

FREE: 'Sayang Singapura!' by the Asian Contemporary Ensemble - 13 and 14 Nov

The Asian Contemporary Ensemble with artistic director Wong Kahchun (recently appointed to the team of the Berlin Philharmonic to lead their music education activities) present a free concert programme entitled Sayang Singapura! They will present 2 performances targeted at family audiences, combining music by local composers with storytelling, dance and animation, as well as the introduction of their signature mascot, Ace the Mer-cat!

Trace the footsteps of King Rajasuran and his descendant, Sang Nila Utama, together with the Asian Contemporary Ensemble! Perfect for family audiences, the concerts promise to be a multi-sensory experience, with live storytelling, animation and dance alongside compositions by local musicians Phoon Yew-Tien, Bernard Tan, John Sharpley, Jonathan Shin, Christopher Clarke, Joyce Poh and Anne Choo.

The concert is on 13 and 14 November at the Arts House Chamber. Check out the Events Page for details!

Opera Recital Fundraiser for Nepal - 18 Oct 2015

Click or download to view full size

Check out this opera recital this coming Sunday (18 October), featuring locally-based professional soprano Satsuki Nagatome and tenor Jonathan Charles Tay pianist Vincent Chen. It features an exciting programme featuring extended excerpts from La Traviata, La Boheme, Macbeth, Carmen and The Merry Widow. Proceeds will go to help victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Find out how to get tickets via the Events Page!

Sing'Theatre's 'Take Me Along!' with Robin Goh - 11 to 14 Nov 2015

Sing'Theatre presents a tribute concert to legendary French singer Charles Aznavour, featuring Robin Goh. Judging from the recent La Vie en Rose concert, I must say that Robin Goh is quite a specialist in this French chanson repertoire, so you guys have a great show to look forward to. Here's more information:

Join the charismatic Robin Goh for 4 magical evenings as he showcases the music of the legendary master of French Chanson, Charles Aznavour, for the first time ever in Singapore!

From November 11 - 14, the newly renovated theatre of Alliance Francaise will be the setting for an intimate, acoustic concert showcasing Goh’s authentic and moving renditions of his favourite ballads and uptempo songs by France’s most famous singer.

Brought to you by Sing’theatre, who captivated audiences with the wonderful concert “La Vie en Rose” this past spring, “Take me along” is sure to be an unforgettable introduction to the music of Aznavour for Singaporeans.

Says Sing’theatre founder Nathalie Ribette, “As a French national, I think Aznavour is one of our most beautiful living treasures and I can’t wait to share his phenomenal music with a Singaporean audience”.

More information at the Events Page!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

'Landscapes' by the Conservatory New Music Ensemble - 1 Nov

The Conservatory New Music Ensemble from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music presents a special evening of works by composers Arvo Pärt, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng and locally-based Eric Watson. Check out the programme and find other related information on Esplanade's website.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Paris-Based Pianist Wang Congyu's Concert in Singapore - 15 Nov 2015

France-based local pianist Wang Congyu will be staging his comeback recital at the Alliance Francaise on 15 November 2015. He will also be launching his new CD Charme at the event. Please call Neville at 9649 0524 or Abdul at 8200-0433 for tickets.

Check out to find out more about Wang Congyu and his many accomplishments abroad!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Chanticleer's 'Over the Moon' - 4 Oct 2015

American choir Chanticleer's concert Over the Moon this past Sunday 4 October sealed their reputation as one of the world's premier vocal ensembles. Their beautifully clear vocals blended beautifully, singing and moving in perfect synchronisation, performing intricate pieces and arrangements from a broad variety of styles.

Their varied programme had segments in pieces by standard classical composers, renaissance works, cycles by contemporary American composers, arrangements of classic pop and jazz songs and American spirituals.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pappano's Aida - Available from Oct 2015

Warner Classics presents a brand new studio recording of Aida, conducted by Antonio Pappano with Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko's baby-daddy Erwin Schrott in the leads. As usual it takes a Greek soprano to do Italian opera well. Check out the making of video here, and more information via the link below:,0825646106639/antonio-pappano-verdi-aida?eml=2015October2/2766873/6225064&etsubid=83092297

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SLO 25th Anniversary Gala - 13 Nov 2015

This year's SLO Gala Concert is on 13 November at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and will feature soprano Nancy Yuen in her first appearance as artistic director. Also on the bill are baritones Song Kee-Chang and Martin Ng, tenor Lee Jae-Wook and mezzo-soprano Anna Koor. Check out their website for details on programme and tickets.