Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra Celebrates The 20th Anniversary With A Line-up Of Concerts


Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) celebrates the 20th Anniversary with a line-up of concerts, programmes that culminates into a concert tour to East Malaysia from 6 th to 14 th December 2023! The new orchestra 23/24 season is also unveiled during the same time, sharing what SNYCO has to offer in the new season!

The celebration includes the four key concerts titled “Friendship” (谊), “Reunion” (聚), Legacy” (承) and “Ascend” (腾). The first three concerts took place earlier this March to July 2023. The SNYCO Ascend “腾” concert is the last of the series and will take place on 2 December 2023. Ascend “腾” concert is also the pre-tour concert that marks the start of the concert tour to East Malaysia from 6th Dec to 14 December 2023.

谊 means “Friendship” and this is the first concert to kickstart SNYCO20 celebration in commemoration of SNYCO 20th anniversary. It also signifies that SNYCO members grow together, many started from strangers and became friends over the years. 聚 means “Reunion” and it is a gathering and reunion of SNYCO alumni with some current members. 承 means “Legacy”, hence this joint concert with SCO focuses on the special connection between SCO instructors and mentors and the young musicians through side-by-side performances and concerto opportunities for SNYCO members. Members get to experience performing alongside professional musicians on the same stage. 腾 means ascend or soar, which has a double meaning. Firstly, it symbolizes SNYCO going overseas for a concert tour. Secondly, it also focuses on sharing the music that embodies Singapore's identity, with the goal of fostering friendships between young people who appreciate and promote the beauty of Chinese orchestral music outside of Singapore. Additionally, the initiative opens up opportunity for cultural exchange through music.


SNYCO Ascend “腾” Pre-Tour concert on 2 Dec 2023

Hold on tight, as the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) presents the finale to the SNYCO20 celebration, Ascend. This is also a pre-tour concert for local audience, as the youth orchestra prepare for the long-anticipated concert tour to East Malaysia!

Under the baton of SNYCO Music Director Quek Ling Kiong, the youth orchestra will deliver a unique concert experience that will showcase music from a myriad of cultures and charms of the different orchestra sections. Legend of Badang by local composer Koh Cheng Jin, Izpirazione II by Simon Kong and Eric Watson’s The Ceilidh brings forth the grandeur of orchestra pieces, while the young musicians perform ensemble works such as Wang Danhong’s Dynamic Plucked Strings by the plucked-strings section, and Zhang Lie’s Waters of the Yellow River by the winds and percussion section.

Expect to be wowed with a variety of musical experience as these young musicians share their passion for music. The performance will not only be a feast for the ears but also a celebration of music diversity. An event surely not to be missed!

SNYCO Ascend concert programme

Conductor: Quek Ling Kiong

Waters of the Yellow River || Composed by Zhang Lie

Dynamic Plucked Strings || Composed by Wang Danhong

Suite for Chinese String Instruments || Composed by Tan Dun

Legend of Badang || Composed by Koh Cheng Jin

Izpirazione II || Composed by Simon Kong Su Leong

Movement II: 红毛丹 Rambutan

Movement III: 打拉脯 Tarap

The Ceilidh ||Composed by Eric James Watson

Ticketing details


Ticket Price (Excludes SISTIC charges): $22*