2012 National Chinese Music Competition Opens Registration


Singapore, 16 March 2012 - Following the success of NCMC 2010, the National Arts Council (NAC) will once again partner with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) to organise the eighth edition of the National Chinese Music Competition. The 2012 National Chinese Music Competition opens for registration from 15 March to 20 July 2012.


2          This partnership with SCO gives participants exposure to Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra, and supports the orchestra’s role in building up our pool of talented young musicians. As a result, the standards of the competition can be continually raised.  For the winners, this partnership has also opened doors for more performance possibilities. In the recently-concluded National Chinese Orchestra Marathon organised by the SCO, prize winners from past editions of NCMC were given the platform to perform with the SCO at its Finale Concert on 25 February 2012. Selected prize winners from this year’s NCMC will also be given an opportunity to perform with the SCO at the Prize Winners’ Concert on 9 December 2012.


3          Says Mr Terence Ho, General Manager of SCO, “We see strong synergy between the NAC and SCO. It is our great interest to see more of the younger generation appreciate and perform Chinese music, and we hope that this competition will encourage more aspiring young talents step forward and make use of this platform to showcase their virtuosity.”


4          Prize money for the Open Category (Solo & Ensemble) will be increased by $200 to $500 for the Open Categories (Solo & Ensemble), with a highest amount of $4,500 for the Open Category (Combined Instrumental Ensemble Category). In addition, first prize winners[1] of the Solo Open category in the 2012 NCMC may apply for additional funds of up to $8,000, to subsidise costs incurred for training and development purposes.


5          Says Elaine Ng, Director of Sector Development, NAC, “The National Chinese Music Competition remains the most prestigious competition platform for traditional Chinese music in Singapore.  Our partnership with SCO remains a strategic one, sharing a common vision of mentoring our young people to become professional musicians, and to continually grow interest in traditional Chinese music in Singapore.”


6          The competition events will take place from 28 November to 9 December 2012 at the Singapore Conference Hall, home of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Details of the competition can be found in Annex A.



[1] Applicants for this grant must be Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents only.