SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA
A distinctive Chinese orchestra that is fast establishing itself among similar counterparts in the world, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) is the only professional Chinese orchestra in Singapore. Inaugurated in 1997, the 75-strong orchestra has the patronage of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and has its performing home at the Singapore Conference Hall. Known for its high performing standards, the SCO has performed on several important occasions including the World Economic Forum and International Summit of Arts Councils in 2003 and the 2006 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meeting. Abroad, the SCO was invited to perform in the Budapest Spring Festival, London-Singapore Season and Gateshead in 2005, launching the SCO further into the international music arena. As part of the initiative to develop repertoire with Nanyang style and create its own distinctive music, SCO commissions new works regularly and organised its first music composition competition in 2006.