The eminent speakers shared their views on the growth and development of the music scene in Singapore, and the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, both present and the future.


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Professor Bernard Tan

Emeritus Professor Department of Physics National University of Singapore

Bernard Tan is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at NUS.  He is a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Council and was Chairman of the Musicians’ Guild, the Singapore Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Music Makers and the Singapore Arts Festival Steering Committee, and served on the boards of the Singapore Symphonia Company and the Esplanade.  His Guitar Concerto was premiered in 2013 by the SSO with Kevin Loh and his Cello Concerto was premiered in 2016 by the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra with Noella Yan.

Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Chng Hak-Peng is the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Symphony Group (SSG). Hak-Peng's involvement with the Orchestra began 11 years ago as a volunteer, contributing to a number of key strategic projects for SSG's management and musicians. This led to his being appointed Deputy Chairman of its board, where he focused on strategic and organisational reviews, highlights of which included leading a team that integrated the Singapore National Youth Orchestra into the company. He enjoyed playing in school orchestras and wind bands as well as singing in choirs. Music of any genre and Chinese history are his two loves.
Mr Kennie Ting

Director, Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Group Director of Museums, National Heritage Board

Kennie Ting is the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum, and concurrently Group Director, Museums at the National Heritage Board (NHB) Singapore, overseeing national museums and festivals managed by the NHB. As Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum, he has overseen the shift in the museum’s curatorial approach from a geographical focus to a thematic, cross-cultural focus, and has helmed recent exhibitions on the Arts of Myanmar, Korea, Angkor and Java, on the material culture of cosmopolitan Asian Port Cities, and on contemporary Chinese Couture. He is interested in teh history of travel and the heritage of Asian port cities and is the author of the books, The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in South East Asia and Singapore 1819 – A Living Legacy.