Singapore musicians perform in Yangon
Volume 31, No. 606
December 19 - 25, 2011
EIGHT students attending music school in Singapore, including a cello player from Myanmar, made a semi-orchestral performance at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon on December 8.
The students came from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at National University of Singapore. They were accompanied to Myanmar by coach Mr Leslie Tan to perform the concert, which was organised by the embassy of Singapore.
Mr Tan said several student performance projects have been conducted in neighbouring countries but this was their first time in Myanmar.
“It’s very exciting to perform here. I hope we can come back to do something similar again,” he said.
Fourth-year student Saw James Hsar Doe, 24, who left Yangon in 2008 when he received a scholarship in cello performance, said he was proud to take part in a concert in his homeland.
“We schedule annual performances all around the world. I’ve been to Indonesia and Cambodia but this is my happiest moment because it’s my own country,” said Saw James Hsar Doe, who is also a conductor for the Yangon-based Attachment of Clouds (AOC) youth orchestra.
The performance included renditions of the well-known Myanmar song “Mann Taung Yeik Kho”, Singaporean folk songs and Western classical music.