Singapore Symphony lines up with sinking Malaysia
The following message on the Malaysian Philharmonic situation has been released by the CEO of the Singapore Symphony, Hak Peng-Chng:
This has not been an easy time for orchestras around the world, with entire orchestras in the US and UK put on long furlough when the pandemic hit in April 2020.
Here in Asia, where societies prioritised a communal approach and the saving of jobs, orchestras like MPO and SSO have kept musicians on full salaries. As such, all the major Asian orchestras have had to struggle with a bleak financial reality.
While we in Singapore have had small ensembles perform live concerts and carry out some fundraising since November 2020, our friends in Malaysia have performed to a live audience only twice in more than a year, remaining in lockdown for the weeks ahead.
I was in touch with the CEO of the MPO today to share our concern. We both look forward to the new normal when thing will be clearer. MPO’s priorities will still continue to focus on performing for the public, and MPO will remain as a sizable ensemble so that music-making can continue there.
The MPO and SSO, as well as the MPYO and SNYO, are close partners, as good neighbours always are. Our youth orchestras have annual exchanges and camps, and members have formed firm friendships with one another. I expressed my hope that, whatever path is chosen after the re-evaluation, the MPO will take good care and do its utmost fairest for the music community, its own musicians, and the music-loving audience that it has grown since its formation 23 years ago.