Esplanade Presents | Limelight

Music

Nan Hua High School Choir

19 Nov 2017Sun
5pm
2hrs (including a 20min intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall
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Nan Hua High School Choir’s fiery passion for singing has taken it to local and international stages. Since its inception in 1998, the choir has been achieving excellent results at the Singapore Youth Festival, the latest of which is being awarded a Certificate of Distinction this year.

Besides actively participating in school events, it has performed alongside Singapore bands such as 53A and MiCappella. Overseas, the choir has also performed at Hong Kong Disneyland. Aspiring to touch the hearts of the local community through singing, the choir has taken part in events such as the opening of the Singapore Sports Hub, where it performed to more than a thousand people.

Having earned a distinction grade in the London College of Music Examinations, the choir was showcased at the 2015 Singapore Choral Festival, held at Victoria Concert Hall. The following year, it held its own concert, Voix de la Star, at the same venue.

Last presented as part of Limelight in 2014, the choir returns with a repertoire of contemporary works by European and Asian composers and songs from Western and Chinese movies.

Foong Hak Luen (Choral Conductor)
Foong Hak Luen received his Master in Choral Conducting from the University of St. Joseph and Fellowship in Choral Conducting from London College of Music. He started his choral journey singing in one of Singapore’s premier semi-professional choir, The Vocal Consort, where he developed his singing and conducting skills under the baton of Nelson Kwei.

He is the only choral conductor in Singapore to lead choirs that have won Gold with Honours awards at primary, secondary and junior college levels. In the international arena, Hak Luen’s choirs have won gold and grand champion awards in choral competitions, and as a conductor, he has also won an outstanding conductor prizes for his admirable effort with these choirs.

In 2015, Hak Luen was the festival director of the inaugural Singapore Choral Festival, which saw over 1,000 singers from 35 choirs performing in three concerts at the Victoria Concert Hall. The festival was a SG50 celebration event supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and the National Arts Council.

Hak Luen currently conducts the Meridian Junior College Choir, St Andrew’s Junior College Choir, Chung Cheng High School (Main) Choir, Commonwealth Secondary School Choir and Nan Hua High School Choir. He is also the deputy conductor of Tanjong Katong Secondary School Choir and The Vocal Consort.

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