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Music To My Ears: Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to Collaborate From 2019

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has signed a four-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in 2019, the MOU will allow the two orchestras to embark on conductor, musician and administrative staff exchanges, perform in their respective cities, and co-commission works.

Signed on 6th September by Singapore Symphony Group (SSG) CEO Mr Chng Hak-Peng and Managing Director of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Ms Sophie Galaise, the session was also attended by Australia’s Minister for Communications and the Arts, Hon. Mitch Fifield; Singapore’s High Commissioner to Australia Mr Kwok Fook Seng; and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chairman Mr Michael Ullmer.

Said SSG CEO Chng Hak-Peng, “We’re excited to partner the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a leading Australian orchestra and 100-year-old institution. By including musicians and staff exchanges as well as tours and co-commissions, this partnership will greatly benefit artistes and arts managers from the two countries, and foster greater mutual understanding for both sides. This is the first time the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is signing an MOU with an Australian orchestra. It will also be our most extensive MOU to date, and a valuable opportunity for us to reflect Singapore to a wider international audience through music.”

The SSO has existing partnerships with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, which include professional exchanges and training.

Says Sophie Galaise, Managing Director of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: “The MSO is very proud to enter into this partnership with the Singapore Symphony Group. Our shared mission is to inspire and engage audiences worldwide and this agreement is significant for our countries and our cultural sectors. The MSO is looking forward to working with the SSG on joint performance opportunities, artistic professional exchange, co-commissions and artistic collaborations.”

Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO of National Arts Council, Singapore, said, “This partnership is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding on Arts and Culture, signed between Australia and Singapore in 2015, which will continue to drive bilateral arts and culture cooperation. We look forward to more meaningful exchanges between the two orchestras, including collaborations that will showcase the cultures of both countries to audiences in Singapore and Australia, and beyond.”

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