ChildAid 2016: Kids helping needy kids

By Hannah   — November 21, 2016
  • A magical night of performances
    1 / 5 A magical night of performances

    (Adam Mark Lim, 17, and Jamie Ho, 15, singing their Moon Medley, comprising Blue Moon, It’s Only A Paper Moon, How High The Moon and Fly Me To The Moon, Nov 19.)

    It was another magical show at the Resorts World Theatre in Sentosa on Nov 19.

    The second night of annual children’s charity concert ChildAid held the audience in thrall from the start, when 11-year-old Sylvia Tan on the guzheng and 20 female harpists from local ensemble Rave Harpers played the ChildAid theme song, A World To Imagine, composed by its late artistic director Iskandar Ismail.

    The Boys Tap Group from Jitterbugs Swingapore followed and continued to delight the 1,500-strong audience with their fast feet.

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  • Children of all ages were featured
    2 / 5 Children of all ages were featured

    (The Kids Performing Academy of the Arts performing Matilda The Musical Medley.)

    The rest of the night featured 17 performances that were, in the words of first-time ChildAid concertgoer and undergraduate Tan Min, 21, “never boring”.

    Flautists were paired with harpists, while vocalists went solo or teamed up with dancers and musicians playing instruments such as the violin, piano, guitar and trumpet, in genres ranging from pop to classical and jazz.

    Some performances featured only one or two performers, while others, such as the Kids Performing Academy of the Arts and ITE Combined Choir, had more than 20 members share the stage.

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  • Performers as young as 6
    3 / 5 Performers as young as 6

    (Pianist Chen Jing, seven, wowed the audience with her rendition of Chopin’s Waltz No.1 In E Flat Major.)

    More than 150 of the performers were aged between six and 19 and they dazzled with impassioned acts.

    Seven-year-old pianist Chen Jing poured her passion into Chopin’s Waltz No. 1 In E Flat Major, bending forward and throwing her head back as she played. The 36-member Large Jazz Group from Jitterbugs twirled, high-kicked, somersaulted and danced their way into the hearts of the audience.

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  • All for needy children
    4 / 5 All for needy children

    (Balloons and confetti released on the 1,500-strong audience near the end of the concert drew gasps of delight.)

    A high note was struck towards the end of the 90-minute concert, when balloons and confetti were released on the unsuspecting crowd, drawing gasps of delight and sending parents and children scrambling for balloons.

    The two-night concert, which opened last Friday, raised more than $2 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helps needy students pay for transport and meals, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which supports arts training for financially disadvantaged students.

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  • Supporting young local talent
    5 / 5 Supporting young local talent

    (The ITE Combined Choir singing Bridge Of Light, the theme song of 2011 movie, Happy Feet Two.)

    Sales executive Serene Chua, 31, says she bought tickets to her first ChildAid concert last Saturday to support “a good cause”. She was there with her husband and two daughters, aged six and eight.

    She says: “We also wanted to support local talent and, I must say, the performers were very good despite their age.”

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Straits Times. 

    (Photos: ST)

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