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The Show Goes On…line: Southern Charms - An Evening of Cantonese Classics

Performed by Ding Yi Music Company


Published: 27 May 2020

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Led by concertmaster Chin Yen Choong and huqin musician Fred Chan with gaohu virtuoso Yu Le Fu acting as artistic advisor, this showcase by Ding Yi Music Company saw one of Singapore’s most established ensembles interpret endearing pieces from the Cantonese canon. 

Specially assembled for this performance, the quintet from Ding Yi celebrated their lush heterogeneous sound with a show-stopping spin on familiar classics. Musical risk takers, the group brought their unmistakable colour to a set that kicked off with The Birds’ Return to the Forest by Chinese maestro Yi Jian Quan and graduated to pieces such as Lü Wen Cheng’s Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake before a memorable finale sent the packed house home with Yu’s original composition Snowflakes in a Dream

Performed and filmed live at Esplanade Recital Studio on 8 November 2018, Southern Charms - An Evening of Cantonese Classics was presented by the arts centre’s Chinese Chamber Music programme, a series of recitals that aims to showcase the beauty of Chinese classical music performed by small ensembles in an intimate setting.


Yu Le Fu artistic advisor, gaohu
Chin Yen Choong concertmaster, huqin
Fred Chan huqin
Chua Yew Kok qinqin
Ng Hsien Han dizi
Yick Jue Ru yangqin
Yvonne Tay guzheng
Jonathan Ngeow ruan
Soh Swee Kiat sheng
Low Yik Hang percussion
Yeo Zeng Ying double bass

Ding Yi Music Company was founded in 2007 with the objective of bringing the best of Chinese chamber music to audiences at home and abroad. Currently one of Singapore’s largest and most influential ensembles, Ding Yi performs a diverse repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary cross-genre works. 

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