Esplanade Presents


The Musical City

An Esplanade Commission
Phang Kok Jun (Singapore)

1 Aug 2024, Thu, 10am

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(Intermission: None)


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A dog goes 'woof!', a car goes ‘vrooooom', a plane goes 'shweeeeshhzooom', but what sound does a building make?


Pei is a curious girl who always wonders about the sounds things make. In this audio-visual-illustration book, readers follow the journey of Pei as she interacts with different buildings in the heart of Singapore. They will join Pei in learning about the building’s historical and architectural elements through music and sound. Readers are also invited deeper into the experience by engaging in mini drawing activities related to each building they encounter.


Part-music and part-social studies, young learners will get to learn about instruments and music from different cultures, as well as the many heritage buildings nestled within the historical heart of Singapore.


Learning Objectives


  • Recognise historical buildings in Singapore and understand their significance

  • Identify musical instruments and musical features associated with different cultures

  • Understand the connection between music, history and culture

  • Develop an appreciation for Singapore’s cultural heritage


For Educators

As a companion programme, there is a walking tour for The Musical City, specially for educators. 


This programme is presented in the form of a printed illustrated guide which includes links to the digital experience.

Admission Age:
7 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Phang Kok Jun


With a repertoire that also includes theatre, film and other forms of media, Phang Kok Jun is a multidisciplinary and international award-winning composer whose music transcends concert halls.


Based in the culturally vibrant Singapore, Kok Jun is influenced by a wide variety of musical styles and works frequently with artists of various disciplines in order to discover new possibilities in music-making. He has been described as a composer who “comfortably melds Chinese, Western and popular idioms to excellent effect”.


Kok Jun has been part of several residencies and has had the privilege of being featured in major productions around the world—working with orchestras, theatre companies, chamber groups, directors, conductors, artists, designers and soloists.

Date & Time

1 Aug 2024, Thu


Tickets & Prices
Price $15

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(All Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Centralised Institute)

Tote Board Arts Grant
All Primary, Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

SPED Schools

Tote Board Arts Grant
All SPED Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost.

For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email

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