SINGAPORE – The coronavirus pandemic did little to dampen the spirits of musicians from Singapore and China as they put together a vibrant performance of a classic erhu song despite not being together being spread across various locations in the two countries.
To celebrate three decades of Singapore-China bilateral relations, the 30 erhu enthusiasts from the two countries staged a virtual performance of Together We March (Guang Ming Xing), written by Chinese composer Liu Tianhua in 1931.
The performance was posted on Facebook on Tuesday (May 5) morning by the Singapore Chinese Music Federation (SCMF), formed in 2014 to promote Chinese classical music and raise its performance standards.
Co-organised by the federation and Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao, the performance features musicians from orchestras, conservatories, music associations and schools in Singapore and China.
Local performers include Nominated Member of Parliament Terence Ho, who is also executive director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the SCMF's vice-president; Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group NewsHub editor Han Yong May and visually disabled musician Stephanie Ow.
Their Chinese counterparts include Professor Wang Yongde from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China-born Canadian erhu player and composer George Gao and Duan Aiai, president of the Shanghai Musicians' Association's erhu committee and an erhu solo artist with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.
SCMF president Tay Teow Kiat said of the performance: "It brings forth the unity of the federation, sending positive vibes in challenging times as we continue our passion of sharing Chinese classical music in Singapore and beyond."
Alluding to the significance of the piece Together We March, Dr Wang from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music said: "Music has no boundaries. In these times of pandemic, we unite in our musiRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]