SCO Young People’s Concert 2019

In partnership with Singapore Chinese Orchestra, TCTF hosted over 120 guests at the SCO Young People’s Concert on Saturday, 9 November. Guests included beneficiaries from three charities namely Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL), ISCOS, Life Community Services Society as well as TCTF scholars from NAFA, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Yale-NUS College, volunteers and friends. This concert, titled Once Upon a Chinese Orchestra was helmed by Conductor Mr Moses Gay and introduced the origins of Chinese Orchestra as well as the various instruments used in an ensemble and full-scale orchestra.



“Thank you for extending the complimentary tickets. Nice activity to spend with my loved ones.”

“My CCA back in school was Chinese Orchestra. It was a reminiscence trip for me.”

– Beneficiaries from Caregivers Alliance Limited


“Thank you for the invitation. We really enjoyed the concert and for those of us new to the world of the Chinese Orchestra, it was a wonderfully informative and educational experience.”

– Guests from Yale-NUS College

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SCO Young Children’s Concert 2019

On 17 & 18 May 2019, over 150 students and staff from AWWA SchoolMINDS PerformNational Library Board kidsREAD Club and friends of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) were treated to the interactive Young Children’s Concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). This was part of TCTF’s partnership with SCO. DiSCOvering Treasures of Chinese Music—Winds in the Bamboo Grove, introduced the audience to various wind instruments such as Koudi and Guanzi through fun-filled performances strung together by an engaging storyline with the theme of treasure hunt led by SCO’s Resident Conductor, Mr Quek Ling Kiong. Each story was curated to share about the name, history and sounds made by various wind instruments in the orchestra. During the concert, the audience enjoyed a wide repertoire of music, which included an excerpt of “Musical: Adventure II”, “Toroto Suite” and “Hundreds of Birds Adoring a Phoenix”. The audience clapped along to the music and participated in mini-quizzes during the concert.

Thank you very much for the invitation to the SCO Young Children’s Concert 2019. The children, the three teachers and I enjoyed ourselves very much – making a wind whistle each, having photographs taken, listening, learning and enjoying the music.  It was such a precious opportunity for which we are very thankful and grateful.

Thank you for the warm welcome, and excellent care given to us while we were there, from the moment we arrived till we left. Fen Ni of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra deserved a special mention – she made us feel so important! The children, past and present participants of Jiemin Primary School kidsREAD Club, had an educational and enjoyable time. Thank you very much”.

Lim Fei Mee of Jiemin Primary School kidsREAD Club, who attended the SCO Young Children’s Concert.


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SCO Young Children’s Concert 2018

On 25 May 2018, 90 students and staff from MINDS and NorthLight School were treated to the interactive Young Children’s concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), as part of TCTF’s partnership with SCO. The concert, titled, DiSCOvering Treasures of Chinese Music—Carnival of Percussion!, introduced to the children various percussion instruments through an exciting musical journey led by SCO’s resident conductor, Mr Quek Ling Kiong.

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SCO Mother’s Day Concert 2018

The stage lights were shining bright as all mothers were moved by the melodies performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Sponsored by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, the SCO Mother’s Day Concert on 12 May 2018 was truly a concert to remember.

This Mother’s Day, the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation invited staff from 3 TCTF-supported charities, St Theresa’s Home, Apex Harmony Lodge and Society for the Aged Sick, were to enjoy the concert in appreciation of their generous giving of time and energy in serving elderly beneficiaries. Thank you for spending your evening with us and continue to serve the vulnerable with love and compassion!

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On 8 March 2018, 20 girls from CARE Singapore were invited to the DigiGirlz programme, piloted by Microsoft, for International Women’s Day at Singapore LinkedIn’s office.

The event kick-started with a panel discussion on the topic of “How Are You Changing The World?”, where successful women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related industries were invited, to inspire and encourage young women to start envisioning their careers in the future- shifting the stereotype that only men can excel in the tech and engineering industry.

DigiGirlz programme also consisted of workshops for educators and students, such as: “Getting to Know Coding through Computer Vision & Augmented Reality”, by Coding Garage – which aims to present eye-opening opportunities to inspire female students to learn more about coding languages C# and Python, extending the possibilities of #makewhatsnext.

We would like to thank the event organiser, Microsoft, the coordinator, Encore! The European Season in Singapore, and TCTF’s dedicated partner, CARE Singapore, for the efforts in developing the next generation of women in tech!

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ACTs of life: Curious George Interactive Show

Young beneficiaries from 2 TCTF-supported charities, Morning Star Community Services and Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services were treated to the Curious George Interactive Show, performed by ACTS of lifeon Thursday, 23 November 2017 at Tanglin Club Theatrette. Mr John Cunningham, Creative Director of ACTs of life, generously extended complimentary English Speech and Drama workshops, related to the Curious George book, to beneficiaries who attended the show.

As the children are mostly below 9 years old, the sessions were carefully crafted to have breaks, games and songs for the children. Judging from the children’s enthusiastic participation, they enjoyed the session very much and were able to memorise the songs and actions by heart. The workshops supplemented the children’s learning experience through a visual, active and hands-on approach.

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SCO Young People’s Concert 2017

The SCO Young People’s Concert: A Voyage to Nanyang IV – Karang Guni Capriccioso was held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium on 10 November 2017. As part of TCTF’s support to SCO, 132 complimentary tickets were given to the Primary 6 graduating cohort of students and teachers from Pathlight School to attend this post-PSLE treat.

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SCO Young People’s Concert

In partnership with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, TCTF hosted over 120 beneficiaries from five charities, Metta School, APSN (Centre for Adults), Pathlight School, MINDS and SAVH Lighthouse School at the SCO Young People’s Concert on 11 November 2016. The concert, titled A Day Lost in Pulau Ubin, showcased a repertoire of Chinese Orchestra pieces depicting the wonders of nature in Singapore’s offshore island – Pulau Ubin.

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SCO “Drum Dance” Music Workshop

In collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), TCTF extended a two-day “Drum Dance” Music Workshop to about 20 young beneficiaries from Presbyterian Community Services on 13 and 14 June 2016. These workshops are often used as team-building activities, as it requires players to synchronise their beats in order to perform the musical piece well. Through this workshop, the children are exposed to the importance and value of teamwork.

Over the course of the workshop, the children were introduced to various percussion instruments used in Chinese Orchestras. The children explored their coordination and beat synchronisation through several warm-up exercises and worked hard to practice their “Drum Dance” percussion piece. The workshop ended with a mini-showcase where the children performed for their parents, TCTF and SCO representatives.

Following the workshop, young participant Leung Hei Yeung shared “I learnt about teamwork, because I had to work with my friends to play the song well. One challenge was synchronising to the beat. I found it difficult to hear my own instrument when my friends were playing theirs as well. I am interested to learn more about drums, and hope to become a drummer in the future.”

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SCO Young Children’s Concert

In line with TCTF’s focus on education, children and youth beneficiaries of TCTF-supported charities enjoyed a complimentary Young Children’s Concert performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra on 27 May 2016.

Over 200 children from Kampung Senang, PPIS (Bedok), PPIS (Sembawang), Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services and YMCA of Singapore attended the concert at the Singapore Conference Hall. With the exuberant “Professor Quek”, the children went on an adventure to learn about basic notations, time signatures and rhythmic variations.

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