Paying it forward, with music

Liang Zhu Maestro He

It was a wonderful night of music and friendships at the Liang Zhu Charity Concert held on Sunday 4 October at the Singapore Conference Hall, which also raised substantial funds for students who are facing financial hardship.

It brought together talents from China and Singapore to make music together. Maestro He Zhanhao, one of China’s most acclaimed composers, led a 70-strong youth orchestra from the Singapore-based Chinese Music Academy. He personally conducted his popular “Liang Zhu” or “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto, which is one of the most recognisable pieces of Chinese music worldwide.

It was a special occasion also for the Principal of the Singapore Chinese Academy, Ms Xu Yiping, who shared the stage, and baton, with her teacher and mentor, whom she had studied under at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

An alumnus of the Business School’s Chinese EMBA programme, Yiping combined her musical talents and her entrepreneurial skills in initiating and organising this charity concert to benefit students at her alma mater. The concert raised over half a million dollars towards bursaries and our Student Global Experience Fund. The funds will help students experiencing financial difficulties to take part in exchange programmes with universities around the world, as well as participate in international case competitions and field study trips abroad.

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