SCO to launch a multi-media exhibition to celebrate 20th anniversary – Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the arts bazaar “ArtStop@SCO” planned on 18, 19, 25 and 26 November will be cancelled.**Free guided exhibition tours will be extended during these two weekends (above listed dates) from 11am – 6pm. Walk-ins will be on a first-come-first served basis. Interested participants may register at

Singapore, 28 October 2016 (Friday) –  Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a multi-media exhibition titled “SCO Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion”. This exhibition, along with other events, aims to highlight and celebrate SCO’s development over the past two decades.

“SCO Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion” exhibition will be held from 4 November – 11 December 2016 at the Singapore Conference Hall. The exhibition illuminates milestones significant to how SCO becomes what it is today. From humble early beginnings of a cultural orchestra to establishing its unique identity through incorporating Southeast Asian cultural elements in its music, SCO is fast establishing itself in Singapore and internationally, and is today, an international orchestra.

The multimedia exhibition is segmented into three distinct movements — SCO’s Sound Foundation, Meet The Finest Minds of SCO and Inspiring The Masses — through pictures and videos. The three movement format of the exhibition replicates that of a music score.


The first movement: Our Sound Foundation, will showcase ten significant milestones of SCO, which include the establishment of SCO under the initiative of then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, SCO’s inaugural concert, international concert tours, launch of Friends of SCO and Hua Yue newsletter, moving into the Singapore Conference Hall, appointment of Music Director, Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra inaugural concert, launching of the SCO International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition, creating two Guinness World Records and launching world’s first digital online concert hall for Chinese orchestra.

In the second movement: Meet The Finest Minds, visitors will get to hear from ten selected personalities who have contributed to the development of SCO. They are Professor Tommy Koh, Mr Benson Puah, Mr Chew Keng Juea (honorary chairman of SCO), Mr Patrick Lee (Chairman of SCO), Maestro Tsung Yeh (Music Director of SCO), Mr Quek Ling Kiong (Resident Conductor of SCO), Mr Choo Thiam Siew (CEO of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre), Mr Eric James Watson (composer-in-residence of SCO), Mr Ling Hock Siang (Erhu Associate Principal of SCO) and Mr Cheow Xunqi, (former SYCO concertmaster).

In the last movement: Inspiring the Masses, a recollection of significant concerts will be categorised into five segments, Tug At Heartstrings, Starry Concerto, Cultural Confluence, Classic & Grandeur and Ode To The Red Dot, and reviewed through past concert recordings.

During the exhibition, visitors are able to view the larger-than-life versions of Chinese instruments and exquisite instruments at the Mega Instruments Exhibit and Exquisite Instruments Exhibit areas. There will also be instrumental workshops and weekend arts market to complement the exhibition.

Mega Instruments and Exquisite Instruments Exhibits

Partnering with Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory, three mega versions of Chinese music instruments – erhu, butterfly guzheng and ruan, will be showcased at the exhibition. These instruments are crafted using materials congruent to their regular-sized counterparts, despite being five times its original size! Other exquisite instruments such as the Ivory Flying Dream Erhu and the Ivory Pipa will also be showcased at the exhibition.

The Erhu Maker’s Workshops

Master huqin artisan Zhang Jian Ping from Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory will be in Singapore to conduct two exclusive sessions of erhu workshops.

The first workshop will be held on 5 November 2016, titled “The Making and Selection”, where Master Zhang will share the erhu crafting process, and essential tips on how to select a good erhu.

The second workshop will be held on 6 November 2016, titled “The Maintenance”, where participants will learn how to maintain and prolong the lifespan of the erhu. These maintenance steps include replacing strings, positioning the qianjin and much more!

The workshops will be conducted in Mandarin and are ticketed free admission. Interested participants can register through


ArtStop@SCO (Arts Market)

A mini bazaar titled “Artstop@SCO”, located at the outdoor plaza of the Singapore Conference Hall will be held at selected weekends. A variety of vendors consisting of local designers and young entrepreneurs will be setting up pop-up booths on 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 November 2016 from 1pm – 8pm. The arts market will feature a diversity of craft work, hands-on workshops as well as food and beverages.

Official Launch of Exhibition on 4 November 2016, 7pm

Press and media are cordially invited to attend and cover the official launch of “SCO Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion” Exhibition, followed by “The Nyonya Journey” concert. Emeritus Senior Minister and Mrs Goh Chok Tong will be the guest-of-honour to officiate the launch.

Please RSVP to Ms Toi Liang Shing at 6557 4020 / on your attendance by 2 November 2016, Wednesday.


SCO Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion

Event details:

SCO Igniting 20 Years of Rhythmic Passion Exhibition / Mega Instruments and Exquisite Instruments Exhibits

Date: 4 November (opening at 7pm) to 11 December 2016

Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays: 10am – 6pm, Fridays to Saturdays: 10am – 8pm

Venue: Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way

Free admission


The Erhu Maker’s Workshops

Date: 5 Nov 2016 (Saturday) & 6 Nov 2016 (Sunday)

Time: 4pm – 6pm (Saturday) & 11am – 1pm (Sunday)

Venue: Singapore Conference Hall, Exhibition Hall


Free admission


ArtStop@SCO *Cancelled*

Date: 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 November 2016 (Fridays & Saturdays)

Time: 1pm – 8pm

Venue: Outdoor Plaza of Singapore Conference Hall

Free admission


*Please contact Media Officers for more information, photographs and interviews.


Media Contacts

Toi Liang Shing

Executive (Marketing Communications)


DID: 6557 4020 / 9620 8280


Koh Mui Leng

Assistant Manager (Marketing Communications)


DID: 6557 4047 / 9833 0556