SSO Marks EU-ASEAN Friendship and 100th Birthday of Goh Keng Swee
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will be playing music fit for kings and queens this Saturday as part of the Baroque Festival, and perhaps, there is no better opportunity than this to celebrate EU-ASEAN friendship as they collaborate with the European Union (EU) and also commemorate the 100th birthday of the SSO’s founding patron, the late and former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Dr Goh Keng Swee.
This concert marks the EU’s first ever music collaboration in Singapore and will be conducted by Swedish-French maestro Sofi Jeannin, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Music Director of la Maîtrise de Radio France. The performance will also feature the Singapore Symphony Chorus with members from Europe including Austria, France, Germany and Poland; and from Southeast Asia, most notably Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, while Stefan Kießling will take to the organ. The repertoire itself will feature music from Baroque masters Handel and Purcell, including Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary and Handel’s Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest.
In his message for a specially commissioned booklet to mark the concert, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said: “I believe this concert is a fitting way to celebrate Europe and Asia’s rich cultural heritages, and an excellent way to honour the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s founding patron and our former Deputy Prime Minister, the late Dr Goh Keng Swee. As Singapore also enters the start of our three-year coordinatorship of ASEAN-EU dialogue relations, we hope to work with the EU in areas that exemplify the spirit of innovation and connectivity that has held strong till today.”
Says H.E. Barbara Plinkert, Ambassador of the European Union to Singapore: “We celebrate the friendship and close ties between the people of the European Union and ASEAN, marking Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN as well as the beginning of a three-year period in which Singapore will be ASEAN’s coordinator of the ASEAN-EU dialogue partnership. It is fitting that by bringing together performers from both Europe and South-East Asia in this concert, we honour a pioneer, Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s founding patron and former deputy Prime Minister, the late Dr Goh Keng Swee. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate not just SSO’s remarkable story but also its spirit of inclusivity and diversity in music.”
Music For Kings and Queens takes place on 6th October 2018 at the Victoria Concert Hall, as part of The Baroque Festival. For the full lineup and ticketing, visit SSO’s website here