Singapore Symphony Orchestra announces live audience pilot on 8 October

Published on 21 September 2020

On 8 October, the public can enjoy a live performance by musicians of the SSO for the first time since arts venues closed in March. The concert of chamber music will feature Haydn’s ‘Emperor’ String Quartet and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in front of an audience of 50 at the Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO.

The concert, which is part of SSO's chamber music series VCHpresents, is one of a handful of small-scale live performances that will be taking place this month in a pilot scheme by the National Arts Council (NAC) featuring new safe management measures. This concert will be one of the first to require the TraceTogether app or TraceTogether tokens for all audience members. Tokens will be distributed on-site for those who have not collected theirs. Other safety measures include enhanced cleaning of the venue, temperature screening, three-metre spacing between performers and audience, one-metre spacing between audience members, and no intermission.

Chng Hak-Peng, CEO of Singapore Symphony Group said: “The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is very honoured to be entrusted to be part of the live performance pilots with audience. It is a testimony to our efforts to keep our audiences, musicians, and crew safe during this pandemic. The SSO presented two safe-distanced concerts in March, one at Victoria Concert Hall and one, dedicated to Singapore’s front-line workers, at Gardens by the Bay. These were the last live concerts before arts venues closed to the public. As the national orchestra, SSO is committed to bringing memorable experiences to our audiences, and we will do so with safety and public health considerations in mind.”

SSO will work with NAC to monitor and review the live performance pilot experience for performers, staff and audience members.

Tickets for the pilot will start at $30 and will go on sale on 23 September at 10am. Visit the event page for more information and to buy tickets.

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Date & time
8 October, 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

HAYDN: String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"
TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenirs de Florence

$30, $40, $50 Available from 10am on 23 September.

^booking fees: $0.50 for tickets $10 and below, $1 for tickets $10.01 to $20, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40. Tickets are available from the website


Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the SSO is also known for its outdoor and community appearances. The orchestra also presents intimate chamber performances in the VCHpresents series, the annual Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF) and the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) at the Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO. The SSO is part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which also manages the Singapore Symphony Choruses, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. The mission of the Group is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the SSO and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich our diverse communities.

Hans Graf assumed the title of Chief Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in July 2020. His collaboration with the SSO has been described as an “inspired partnership” (The Straits Times). Graf was formerly Music Director of the Houston Symphony (2001–2013), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Basque National Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He has appeared with most major orchestras in the US and Canada, including a close collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, Graf has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra among many others. Graf’s semi-staged production of Berg’s Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony won the GRAMMY and ECHO Klassik awards for best opera recording. In 2014 he was awarded the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis for Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot at the Vienna Volksoper.