4,000 miles apart, two orchestras unite in concert

4,000 miles apart, two orchestras unite in concert


norman lebrecht

July 24, 2021

The Melbourne and Singapore symphony orchestras will give a joint concert on August 6, Singapore’s independence day.

The two orchestras, conducted by Brett Kelly in Melbourne and Joshua Tan in Singapore, will perform Lumen Prime Aurore, a new partner piece by Australian composer Mary Finsterer.

Sophie Galaise, Melbourne’s Managing Director, said: ‘Regardless of distance or the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that we maintain connections with our colleagues from around the world. Together, the Melbourne and Singapore symphony orchestras celebrate our friendship, share in the unifying power of music, and provide uplifting moments of joy that defy boundaries.’

Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group said: ‘We are excited to produce another cross-border digital production between the two orchestras. Even if the pandemic prevents any live interactions, this digital collaboration is the two orchestras’ way of staying connected with each other and with our audiences.’

Yes. And?


  • Narcissism says:

    more inconsequential things for Narcissus Chng to claim personal credit for!
    the independence day is also 9 August

  • S'pore musician says:

    Everyone at the Singapore Symphony knows that this is just another of the useless vanity projects of narcissist CEO Chng Hak-Peng and empty-headed Hans Sørensen. This concert celebrates Singapore’s National Day, which has absolutely no connection to Melbourne and Australia! The holiday commemorates Singapore’s independence from Malaysia; it’s surprising that Hak-Peng didn’t try to also include the Malaysian Philharmonic, given his other recent actions. [https://slippedisc.com/2021/07/singapore-symphony-lines-up-with-sinking-malaysia/]

  • Patrick Gillot says:

    Singapore Independence day is the 9th of August.

  • Ernest says:

    … And let’s enjoy the music.

  • RW2013 says:

    Melbourne needs all the help it can get.