Exclusive Press Club Tour of Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition

Date: Saturday, 3rd March 2012

Time: 9.15am Tour followed by Lunch

Place: Meet @ Lobby of ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

Experience the majestic and dramatic maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic almost 100 years after it set sail in 1912. For the first time in Southeast Asia, a total of nine galleries take visitors through the ship’s conception, construction, sailing day, life on board, the famous iceberg, Titanic’s sinking and the discovery of the wreck. Check out the incredible stories of her passengers and crew. Be amazed by the extensive re-creations of the cabins and other parts of the iconic liner. Check out: http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Museum/Whats-On/

Participants will also be taken on a Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tour that includes a hotel suite and the Sands SkyPark. In an exclusive Heart-of-House Tour, find out what goes on in the labyrinth of corridors and massive working spaces that resemble an underground mini-city.

The event is free-of-charge. To register, please email: secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Monday 27th February giving your name, membership number, current occupation and hp number. As places are limited, priority will be given to Press Club members. You may register your guest(s) but please indicate whether you wish to attend alone if all places go to members only. Also confirm if you are able to stay for lunch from 12.30-2pm. Thank you.

Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo @ 81137055


Musical evenings with Singapore Chinese Orchestra

You are invited to join the Singapore Chinese Orchestra for two evenings of fine musical entertainment.

You and your guest(s) may attend one or both of the following concerts, courtesy of the SCO.

You can find out more about the SCO @ www.sco.com.sg

Concert 1

Eight Tones Uninterrupted

Date: Friday 17th February 2012

Time: 8pm. The concert is expected to last for about 2 hours.

Place: SCO Concert Hall (Former Singapore Conference Hall), 7 Shenton Way


Conductor: Quek Ling Kiong

Dizi: Zhan Yong Ming

Sheng: Guo Chang Suo

Dizi maestro Zhan Yong Ming will perform the Never-ending Resentment, a technically challenging piece based on the love story of Emperor Tang Xuan Zong and his concubine Yang Yu Huan. SCO’s Associate Conductor Quek Ling Kiong and SCO sheng principal Guo Chang Suo will take on a newly-commissioned sheng solo piece by Zhang Xiao Peng that brings out the full range of the instrument. Kuan Nai-chung’s masterpiece, A trip to Lhasa, will unveil the mystery and grandeur of the Tibet plateau.

Concert 2

Solo to Octet

Date: Friday 9th March 2012

Time: 8pm. The concert is expected to last for about 2 hours.

Place: SCO Concert Hall (Former Singapore Conference Hall), 7 Shenton Way


Conductor: Tsung Yeh

Oboe: Jean-Louis Capezzali

SCO Ensembles

This chamber concert features SCO musicians – from solo to octet – performing an assortment of ancient tunes and modern pieces that will leave the audience spellbound. Famed French oboist Jean-Louis Capezzali, an advocate of chamber music, will perform with the SCO a piece by Chen Qi Gang titled Extase. In addition, the orchestra ensemble will play Sound Games – an aural feast of cymbals, gongs, wooden block and drums at their grandest.

Both concerts are free-of-charge.

For Concert 1, please register by emailing secretariat@pressclub.org,sg by 12 noon Thursday 16 February 2012 giving your name, membership number, occupation and handphone number.

For Concert 2, the deadline is 12 noon Wednesday 7th March 2012. Please provide the same details as requested above.

Your guests are welcome but you’ll need to register them in advance. Children below 6 years of age will not be allowed into the concert hall.

Queries? Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo from MediaCorp @ 81137055.


Soak in the Sounds of Chinese Instruments!

Trails, Tours, Talks on Battle for Singapore

The National Heritage Board commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2 February 2012 – 70 years ago, our forefathers and the British government in Singapore fought to defend Singapore against the invading Japanese army. They did not flinch in the face of war damage, loss of lives and much hardship. Today, in the peace and prosperity that Singapore has known for years, we remember this dark chapter in our history, but more importantly, we honour and learn from the resilience and strength of spirit that the earlier generations showed in this period.

2. 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Singapore, a significant and poignant chapter in Singapore’s history. In commemoration, the National Heritage Board (NHB), together with partners such as the Singapore Heritage Society (SHS) and Singapore History Consultants (SHC), will be launching a variety of activities to raise public awareness and engage the community, especially the post-war generations. The public, especially those who did not go through this period, would be able to experience and reflect on life during the Battle for Singapore, through trails, tours and exhibitions.

3. Michael Koh, CEO for the NHB said, “NHB is committed to telling the Singapore Story, of which the battle for Singapore is a very significant chapter. NHB’s commemorative efforts, which actively involve partners such as local history experts, war survivors, and students, bring together many different voices to present this momentous event to Singaporeans. We especially want to remember, and learn from, our forefathers’ sheer grit, strength and unity in surviving those hard times.”

World War II Trail and Resilience Trails

4. NHB is launching a new World War II Trail to link up the 14 existing World War II markers with six new ones to present a more coherent story of the war and its impact on Singapore. The public can look forward to new content on this self-guided trail as well as a complementary trail booklet.

5. Those who are more adventurous can sign up for a more exciting hike over a longer distance, and in some instances, rougher terrain. The Resilience Trails developed by NHB, the Resilience Marketing Division from the Ministry of Information Communications and the Arts (MICA), and SHC, are thematic walking trails which incorporate sites from the World War II Trail. These aim to imbue participants with a positive can-do spirit through stories of Singapore’s experiences in World War II and other major events that have shaped our nation.

Exhibitions, Tours and Talks

6. NHB and SHS will be presenting 4 Days in February: Adam Park the Last Battle – an exhibition on the significance of Adam Park as an important battle site, including artefacts unearthed during archaeological digs carried out last year. Complementing it is Images of Internment: The Eye & Art of William Haxworth, an exhibition featuring images of life during the war from the National Archives of Singapore’s collection. It will showcase the Battle for Singapore through the eyes (and art) of William Haxworth, a former Prisoner-of-War (PoW), drawings by Singapore pioneer artist Liu Kang, and sketches by Mr Chia Chew Soo who witnessed the massacre of his family at his Pasir Panjang home.

7. In addition to the visual experience from the exhibitions, Singaporeans will be able to listen to the Voices of our Darkest Hour as local World War II survivors relate their tales at commemorative talks held at Memories at Old Ford Factory, where the British formally surrendered to the Japanese.

8. Also, Singaporeans who have never seen an air raid shelter will have the opportunity to do so through specially organised tours at what is possibly the last pre-war civilian air raid shelter in Singapore. They can also learn more about air raid shelters in pre-war and war-time Singapore in an exhibition at the neighbouring Tiong Bahru market.

Remembrance Ceremony

9. The culmination of these events is the Remembrance Ceremony at Kranji War Memorial on February 15, marking the actual day of British surrender and the end of the Battle for Singapore. This ceremony, attended by representatives from the Singapore Government, Embassies, military, war veterans from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, and student uniform groups, is a solemn salute to those who fell in the Battle.

10. The Battle for Singapore may have been the darkest period in the Singapore Story, but some of our most inspirational stories arose from this event. Through our commemorative events, we not only remember these stories, we also live them in the present, and understand them for our future.

Exclusive Press Club Curator’s Tour of The Collectors Show

Event: The Collectors Show: Chimera
Date: Saturday, 18th February 2012
Time: 3-4 pm
Place: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road

Have you ever wondered what private art collectors from around the world surround themselves with? You won’t want to miss The Collectors Show: Chimera. This exhibition featuring major works of Asian contemporary art is a tribute to the art patrons of today. It offers an insight into the breadth and richness of private art collections and introduces visitors to the personal visions and passions that shape them. Click for a Sneak Preview.

After the Guided Tour, our host Singapore Art Museum welcomes you to explore The Singapore Show: Future Proof at your own leisure. This exhibition presents artworks from young artists whose innovative and unique practices have generated attention and accolades in various art circles.

Check out http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/exhibitions/

The event is free-of-charge. To register, please email: secretariat@pressclub.org.sg by Tuesday 14th February giving your name, membership number, validity of membership and current occupation. Your guests are welcome but kindly register in advance. Please note that as places are limited, members would be given priority. Thank you.

Contact Press Club MC member Carol Foo from MediaCorp @ 81137055