Singapore Foochow Association Chinese Orchestra
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Singapore Foochow Association Chinese Orchestra (SFACO) was founded in 1983 with Mr Lum Yan Sing as the current Advisor to the Orchestra. Mr Zheng Kaiwen took over the baton as Conductor in August 2014 and is now leading the orchestra of 40 active members consisting of students and young working adults, together with the tutelage of the instructors: Miss Yao Xin (Woodwind), Mr Lee Hou Koon Kenneth (Cello/Bass), Mr Lim Ye (Plucked String) and Mr Du Xiang Peng (Plucked String & Percussion).

The Orchestra held its first public performance “琴韵乐扬 86” at Singapore Conference Hall in 1986 and continued with annual concerts thereafter. In 1993, the Orchestra invited Professor Huang Xiao Fei from Beijing Central Conservatory of Music as Guest Conductor for its 10th anniversary "腾飞" concert. Mr Qu Chun Quan conducted the Orchestra first overseas concert in Penang in 1994. He continued to lead the Orchestra’s concert series "琴韵乐扬" in 1995, 1996 and 1998. For the 1995 concert, the orchestra was delighted to present Mr Zeng Jia Qing's music pieces, and the composer was invited to Singapore to guide the Orchestra.

In 2008, under the leadership of Mr Yeo Siew Mong, the Orchestra went to Beijing, China, for an exchange programme with the local Chinese orchestras during which, the members gained much knowledge in the five-day exchange programme, which broadened their musical horizons. The Orchestra is also frequently invited to perform at cultural activities organized by Singapore Foochow Association. The Orchestra took part in the biennial National Chinese Music Competition organized by National Arts Council and received 3rd prize in the open ensemble
category.

Singapore Foochow Association Chinese Orchestra is committed to promote ethnic Chinese music and culture in the local community, and at the same time improve the performing skills and music appreciation level of our members.

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