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To SSO’s Pioneers

To SSO’s Pioneers

When the SSO was founded 40 years ago, it transformed the cultural landscape and the lives of many people in Singapore. My life was changed when the SSO and Maestro Choo Hoey offered me a scholarship for further studies in London.

It was a tremendous time when the pioneering spirit of a new orchestra was allowed to experiment, educate and embark on a remarkable journey that has now spanned 40 years. A whole new generation of young Singapore professional musicians started our musical journeys with the SSO at the helm.

We had the privilege to learn from some of the best musicians in the world. And without the orchestra, I would not have been able to be as successful as I am today.

I am forever indebted to Maestro Choo Hoey and the pioneering musicians who believed in the possibilities of transformation and excellence that allowed us and many future generations of young musicians to flourish!

Thank you and congratulations, SSO! And 40 years on, the SSO is still having an impact on the cultural life of the country.

Leslie Tan is cellist in the T’ang Quartet.