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SINGAPORE – Bodily concert events could also be on maintain because of the Covid-19 pandemic, however you may catch the annual ChildAid fund-raising live performance from the consolation of your house subsequent month.

Organised by The Straits Occasions and The Enterprise Occasions, ChildAid2020 – Just about Yours will function a cutting-edge, 360-degree immersive video expertise in addition to 8D expertise for a greater audio expertise.

The 16th version of the live performance will run for 45 minutes on July 15 and have home-grown musicians, together with ChildAid alumnus Nathan Hartono, jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, orchestra conductor Wong Kah Chun in addition to singer-songwriters Jasmine Sokko and Benjamin Kheng.

Wong, chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, will lead an ensemble of musicians and vocalists from Asia and Europe to current Beethoven’s Ode To Pleasure as a present of world solidarity within the battle towards Covid-19.

The present can even function younger artists like singers Heema Izzati Zainudin and Syah Riszuan, in addition to worldwide musicians akin to saxophonist CC Lee from China, and drummer Krishna Kanhaiya and jazz pianist Joey Alexander, each from Indonesia.

Mr Jeremiah Choy, creative director of ChildAid 2020, says the live performance “explores how digital expertise can be utilized in order that audiences can expertise a efficiency in a approach they’d not be capable of in a standard theatre or live performance corridor”.

The present goals to boost funds for The Straits Occasions College Pocket Cash Fund (STSPMF), which helps about 10,000 deprived college students pay for his or her meals and transport, and The Enterprise Occasions Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF), which helps classes within the performing and visible arts for 1,000 financially deprived youngsters who’re artistically gifted.

Each funds have been actively supporting households affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in Singapore.

UOB and Citi are the principle sponsors once more this yr, however organisers welcome different company donations.

Orchestra conductor Wong Kah Chun will lead an ensemble of musicians and vocalists to current Beethoven’s Ode To Pleasure. PHOTO: NUREMBERG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This yr’s live performance marks two key milestones – The Straits Occasions’ 175th anniversary and STSPMF’s 20th anniversary.

Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ English, Malay and Tamil Media Group, hopes this yr’s ChildAid live performance will galvanise the Singaporean neighborhood to donate to the 2 funds to assist struggling households impacted by Covid-19.

Mr Fernandez, who can be editor of The Straits Occasions, says: “That is an uncommon time and we’re all having to be taught to do issues in attention-grabbing new methods. So, too, for this yr’s ChildAid, which fits digital. It guarantees to convey collectively many skills for the a lot cherished annual live performance for our two charities, the BT Budding Artists Fund and the ST College Pocket Cash Fund, the latter of which marks its 20th anniversary this yr.

“The present can even be a particular strategy to mark The Straits Occasions’ 175th anniversary, the net video method reflecting our efforts to remodel ST from a print newsroom to a really multimedia one.

“In a approach, the way during which everybody – the performers and crew, the organising workforce and our different stakeholders – tailored and confirmed nice resilience within the face of the Covid-19 state of affairs, speaks very effectively for the way forward for our efforts.”

The live performance hopes to rope in some 200 previous ChildAid performers and others under 19 to affix in a choir efficiency of the ChildAid theme tune, A World To Think about, composed by the late music maestro Iskandar Ismail. Readers wishing to be part of the choir within the video can apply on the kind by June 15.


WHERE: YouTube and Fb channels of The Straits Occasions and The Enterprise Occasions; The Straits Occasions web site, The Enterprise Occasions web site, Keep Dwelling web site 

WHEN: July 15, 8pm

INFO: ChildAid 2020 web site


Readers can donate by way of (from June 2), PayNow (UEN Quantity: 201408699H, enter CA20 and NRIC and make contact with numbers within the reference area) or by cheque, made payable to “ChildAid”, indicating title, NRIC quantity and handle behind the cheque. The cheque could be mailed to The Straits Occasions College Pocket Cash Fund, 1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994.

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