25 Feb 2023, Sat, 6.45pm & 7.45pm
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Violinist Nadine Ng and tenor Jeremy Koh, also known as The Double Duo, step out of their the comfort zone to explore pluralism in music, crossing between vocal genres, time periods, and even instruments. Hear them with pianist Neo Ming Wei and a vocal ensemble, and listen to pieces such as Danny Boy, The Water is Wide and The Turtle Dove.
Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Double Duo is a roving duo ensemble comprising Singaporean musicians Nadine Ng and Jeremy Koh. Invigorated by a common interest to bring the live classical music experience to new audiences, the multi-instrumental duo explores a wide spectrum of repertoire ranging from pre-renaissance era cantigas to the parlour songs of the early 20th century period and beyond.
Since its formation in 2022, the duo has been awarded first prize in both duo performance and chamber music categories at the International Vivaldi Music Competition. They also received a special mention award at the International BTHVN Wien Competition after making their duo debut in a concert at the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Jeremy Koh is the first Singaporean winner of the Tan Ngiang Kaw/Ann Memorial Vocal Competition and a recipient of the bronze award and special-mention certificate at the Bangkok Opera Foundation International Singing Competition. His chamber duo, Double, recently received first prize for both duo performance and chamber group categories at the Vivaldi International Music Competition (2022), and the special mention award in the finals of the International BTHVN Wien Competition (2022).
Koh’s operatic endeavours include Raoul de St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Scholar Luo (Liu San Jie), Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne), Gingerbread Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Kornélis (La Princesse Jaune), Leonard (All Things Shall Pass), the world premiere of Nicole Murphy’s The Kamikaze Mind, Goh Toh Chai’s Song of the Rising Wind and Philip Tan’s Symphony of Life for the opening of Gardens by the Bay.
With a passion for reaching out to new audiences in Singapore, Koh's work as Spot Pocket Opera Theatre's artistic director has been featured on Singaporean radio and news channels including The Silent Front (Channel News Asia) and Le 66 (The Straits Times Life!). He was offered a place in the S.T.A.R Mentorship Programme by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and currently co-develops an inclusive singing programme for elderly with lung conditions with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Koh received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, and diplomas from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) School of Music and AERCO Scuola di Canto Gregoriano. He was one of only two selected for the Singapore Lyric Opera Young Artist Programme (2015). Besides his private voice studio, Koh shares his artistic endeavours as an adjunct lecturer at the NAFA School of Music, National Institute of Education, and United World College Southeast Asia.
Nadine Ng is a freelance musician, performing in orchestras such as The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore, Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, Spot Pocket Opera Theatre, New Opera Singapore and Musicians' Initiative. She has also been The Purple Symphony’s concertmistress since 2020.
As a recipient of the OCBC Local Undergraduate Scholarship Award, Ng graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours degree from the Royal College of Music under full scholarship. She attained a Silver award in the Western Chamber Music category with her string quartet at the Nanyang International Music Competition 2017. Double, an early music duo, was awarded first prize for both chamber and duo categories in the Vivaldi International Music Competition 2022.
As a performer, Ng has led music and artistic direction for various multidisciplinary projects on the violin, and occasionally performs on the mandolin. She conducts and coaches student string ensembles, and teaches violin privately.
Neo Ming Wei
With a passion for music, Neo Ming Wei started learning piano at a young age. She obtained two master’s in music from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA), one in piano performance and one in collaborative piano in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and was awarded a graduate assistantship throughout her course of studies.
Neo particularly enjoys working with choirs and the voice, and has accompanied for various recitals, competitions, and exams both in Singapore and while studying in the United States. She was also one of the main accompanists for the Singapore Lyric Opera ASEAN Vocal Competition 2018. She is currently a freelance educator and accompanist in Singapore, a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Singapore University of Social Sciences as well as a rehearsal pianist for the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir training wing.
25 Feb 2023, Sat
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