SPH marks 25th anniversary with gala concert (BT)

BackOct 31, 2009

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) yesterday celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

SPH chairman Tony Tan used the occasion to present a cheque for $500,000 to Jennie Chua, chairman of the Community Chest. The money is to help 20 charity programmes under the Community Chest umbrella.

The concert was performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and led by its musical director Tsung Yeh. It was attended by SPH business partners, advertisers, readers and staff, as well as government officials, diplomats, care-givers and beneficiaries of the charitable programmes.

The highlight of the concert was a specially commissioned piece called Engaging Moments – 25 Years of Photojournalism, which featured photographs taken by SPH photojournalists, accompanied by music from the SCO, supported by the SYC Ensemble Singers and the River Valley Chamber Singers. The piece was put together by choreographer James Westwater.

Pianist Lim Yan and violinist Ling Yun Zhi also played at the concert, while Cultural Medallion recipient Iskandar Ismail wrote a new work entitled Time Changes Light for the occasion.

Dr Tan said: "Besides championing Singapore's arts scene through various sponsorship projects such as the ongoing Singapore Writers Festival, and our very own SPH Gift of Music series that brings free concerts to the masses, SPH is committed to helping the community in many other ways.

"For the past 25 years, SPH has grown and prospered with Singapore, and benefited much from your unstinting support. In return, SPH has always endeavoured to be a good corporate citizen."

SPH has 17 newspaper titles in four languages today, including the 164-year-old The Straits Times and the 86-year-old Lianhe Zaobao, which are the company's flagship newspapers, as well as The Business Times.

It also has more than 100 magazines, as well as online products, Internet television and two radio stations.