The SCMF Inauguration Ceremony and Concert was held on 16 March 2014 (Sun) at the SCO Concert Hall. The event was held in dignity and grandeur, with the presence of Guest of Honour Mr Lawrence Wong. It has carved a historic moment for the Chinese music scene in Singapore.
The turnout exceeded expectations. More than 600 people attended the event and the SCO concert hall was almost full. The ceremony began with an address by the President. The Guest of Honour then presented certificates to the council members of SCMF. A fanfare was played while the Guest of Honour, together with the Patron and Advisors of SCMF, unviled a scroll with the calligraphy of the “Singapore Chinese Music Federation” to mark the official inauguration of SCMF. The Patron and advisors then presented the Guest of Honour with a special token of appreciation, a poem specially written by Mr Choo Thiam Siew using the Chinese characters of the Minister’s name.
Even though the various performances were put together in a short time of less than 2 months of preparation, the performers put up impressive performances. The concert segment showcased a wide variety of Chinese music groups. The City Chinese Orchestra Percussion and Woodwind ensemble, a Sheng ensemble “Resonance”, children from the Chinese Music Academy as young as 7 years old and music competition winners performed a piece arranged specially for the occasion by Ms Xu Yiping, the Principal. Mr Wei Yanming also composed a piece specially for the occasion and put together a combined senior citizens’ orchestra from various groups.
There was also a combined Chinese orchestra made up of established musicians from various orchestras and music groups and these participants played together for the first time which was a rare occasion for all to be united and playing together in one orchestra. A special item was added to the concert featuring Mr Choo Cheng Meng, a 96 year old senior citizen who loves to play the erhu with his music teachers. It was a touching moment for all and an encouragement for young people to pursue their musical dreams. Mr Choo took the mic and shared an inspiring message of wanting to play the erhu till he is 100 years old! The concert segment was a good representation of the wide range of our population who love Chinese music, from the young to the old.
The event ended with a dinner reception held at 2 locations within the Singapore Conference Hall. It was a significant time for the development of the Chinese music scene in Singapore and a good time for distinguished guests and established musicians to network.