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Shining the light on young talent

The entire cast of ChildAid 2015 with the organisers and partners.

ChildAid 2015’s music director Jeremy Monteiro, popularly known as Singapore’s ‘King of Swing’ is one of the Republic’s most famous musicians. He is a pianist, vocalist, composer and jazz educator.

Dan Yuet Ian, 9, who picked up the cello when he was just four, performed ‘Moses Fantasy’ Variations On One String and Can You Read My Mind.

Ballerinas from the Singapore Ballet Academy (above) wowing the audience with their performance of ‘The Snow Scene’ from The Nutcracker.

Ballerinas from the Singapore Ballet Academy (above) wowing the audience with their performance of ‘The Snow Scene’ from The Nutcracker.

The main theme from the Game Of Thrones performed by Clarissa Tamara (violin); Lubin Chee (cello) and Mohamed Noor (percussion).

Kanon Honda, 13, (above), from Japan, who started playing the flute when she was five, is no stranger to ChildAid, having performed at ChildAid Asia Tokyo 2014.

Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief (English, Malay/Tamil Media Group) Singapore Press Holdings (middle) with ChildAid 2015 sponsors and partners after the plaque presentation on the opening night. From left: Choo Kee Siong, managing director and head of enterprise banking, UOB Commercial Banking - platinum sponsor; Guy Harvey-Samuel, group GM and CEO, HSBC Singapore - main sponsor; Lisa Williamson, vice-president of communications, Marina Bay Sands - official venue partner; Hector Garcia, Head of Asia Pacific CTI ICG Infrastructure Service Delivery, Citi - main sponsor; Benson Tan, CEO, Cogent Holdings - platinum sponsor; and Gen Saito, group CEO, Cerebos Pacific - platinum sponsor.

Forte Camerata, comprising (from left) Lieu May Yen (1st violin); Natalie Koh (2nd violin); Gwyneth Syn (viola) and See Yongzi (cello), performing One Summer’s Day, the theme from Spirited Away.

Vocalist Nur Liwani Izzati, 16, started singing when she was 10 and realised that she had a talent for it when she entered and won a community competition.

Isaiah Hui, 10, began his musical journey at age three and by six had started composing his own pieces. He performed Joy Of Music at ChildAid 2015.

The cast of ChildAid 2015 performing together Be the Light conducted by Jeremy Monteiro at the show’s finale.

The Sugar Rush Crew dancers from The Little Arts Academy performed to a remix of the original ChildAid anthem, A World To Imagine.

Guitarist Melvyn Gnai, 14, grew up with musically inclined parents and displayed a facility with musical instruments. He performed Kotaro Oshio’s Legend at the ChildAid 2015 concert.

Pianist Bryzlyn Lilac Sin, 9, playing Impromtu In A-Flat Major, Op.29.

Lewis Loh, 19, singing Young. He wrote the lyrics and music for the song.

Jitterbugs Swingapore performing Fosse’s World. These passionate young dancers are all-rounders in classical ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre.

From right: John Koh, 18, (double bass) and CC Lee, 12, (saxophone) with Jeremy Monteiro (piano) performed Scrapple From The Apple and So What?

Emcees for the evening, Alif Danial, 16, and Gerrah Lei Pamplona, 18.

Vocalist Sasha Suhandinata, 9, trains hard with musical theatre, dance and vocal lessons.

At the plaque presentation to sponsors on the second night of the concert on Dec 5 are from left: Serene Goh, editor, ST Schools, The Straits Times and co-chairperson, ChildAid 2015; Steven Cranwell, managing director and head of commercial banking, HSBC - main sponsor; Alvin Tay, Editor, The Business Times and co-chairperson, ChildAid 2015 and Lin Hsiu Yi, managing director and head of Citi Commercial Bank Singapore - main sponsor.

At the ChildAid cheque presentation on the opening night on Dec 4 are (front row, from left): Lisa Williamson, vice-president of communications, Marina Bay Sands; Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief (English, Malay/Tamil Media Group) SPH; Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng; SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang; President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary and two ChildAid performers, Sri Dhea Dhanira bte Mohd Riszuan, 10, and Nur Adrianz bin Kamaruddin, 9.

Alvin Tay, co-chairperson of ChildAid 2015, concert performers, their teachers and parents celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund at the post-concert gathering on Dec 5.

CHILDAID 2015's theme was "Be The Light", which was taken off the title of its new theme song written by ChildAid alumni Julian Wong and Amni Musfirah. These three words couldn't be more apt, as ChildAid has been "the light" for thousands of young talent over 11 years, including today's stars...

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