New Ensemble Category format introduced to encourage creative music collaborations


National Chinese Music Competition 2014 registration opens now until 1 August 2014


Singapore, 11 April 2014 – The 9th edition of National Chinese Music Competition returns this year with a new format in the Ensemble category, allowing participants to form a group of three to twenty members, with any combination of Chinese musical instruments. This move aims to encourage greater creativity and variety in music making, as well as open up new possibilities in musical arrangements and performances. Co-organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), the competition is now open for registration.


2          To further enhance the competition experience, an open dialogue session will be introduced during the competition season in December 2014 for the first time. The session will feature a mix of established local and international judicators who will provide fresh insights and perspectives on traditional Chinese music. Through this new platform, the competition hopes to encourage and facilitate open feedback and sharing between participants and the jury. A limited number of seats will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.


3          Says Terence Ho, General Manager of SCO, “We are heartened to collaborate with NAC once again in organising the National Chinese Music Competition, to create opportunities for meaningful competition for our young talents. In its 9th edition, the competition continues to uphold the highest prestige in the arena of traditional Chinese music, and we hope that through this platform, we can work together with NAC to drive continual interest among the younger generations towards traditional Chinese music in Singapore.”


4          Says Elaine Ng, Director of Sector Development, NAC, “As with each edition of the National Chinese Music Competition, we constantly consult our advisory committee to seek new ways to improve, ensuring that the competition stays relevant and current for our participants and audiences. With the introduction of a new format in the Ensemble category and the open dialogue session, we hope to encourage more creative collaborations and musical expressions, as well as continually raise the level of artistic excellence amongst our young musicians. Together with SCO, we aim to uphold the highest standards for this competition, and to encourage a greater appreciation for traditional Chinese music in Singapore.”


5          From now to 1 August 2014, interested participants can apply for the competition at The competition will take place at the SOTA Conference Hall, School of the Arts Singapore from 1- 12 December 2014, culminating in the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony on 14 December 2014 at SCO Concert Hall, Singapore Conference Hall. Selected winners will be invited to perform with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at the Prize Winners’ Concert. Details of the competition can be found in Annex A.