Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | 12.30pm – 3.00pm, CHIJ (Kellock)
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | 9.30am – 10.30am SJI (Junior)
Wednesday 24 July 2013 | 7pm, The Arts House at The Old Parliament
Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions is a regular sponsor of the Vienna based Johann Strauss Ensemble (JSE), which is an internationally acclaimed orchestra of 22 musicians led by the charismatic Australian violinist Russell McGregor. This year, Borouge is bringing the orchestra to Singapore as part of its local community work. The orchestra will be in Singapore from July 23 – 24 and will be performing in two local primary schools – CHIJ (Kellock) and SJI (Junior) and will be reaching out to about 1500 pupils.
When Borouge and the two schools first met to discuss the arts outreach project, there immediately evolved a brainstorming of how to take the collaboration one step further. Not wanting this to be just ‘another performance’, the idea came up to create platforms to involve pupils in music-making alongside the performers. As such, apart from the school assembly programmes and master class sessions, Wu Shuang, a musically-gifted 12-year-old pupil from CHIJ (Kellock) was chosen to perform alongside the JSE during their official gala-performance on Wednesday July 24 at The Arts House. She will be performing Mozart’s Concerto in D Major (1st movement) with the world famous orchestra.
On how Wu Shuang feels about being selected to perform alongside the orchestra, she says "When I was three, I began my dreams with Mozart's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And now, when I am twelve, I am playing Mozart's piece with the well-known Johann Strauss Ensemble from Vienna, isn't that beautiful? "
“We believe that arts education plays a very important part in the holistic development of the child and we are constantly looking out for a variety of meaningful artistic experiences to engage and stimulate every pupil”, Clara Lim-Tan, principal of CHIJ (Kellock) explains. “This is certainly a fantastic opportunity for the pupils. Not all our pupils have the opportunity to travel all the way to Vienna in Austria – often thought of as the Mecca of classical music but on Tuesday July 23, all our pupils and staff will have the rare opportunity to experience Vienna right here in our school hall – through the magic of music! We are very pleased that Borouge has helped to facilitate our efforts in arts education and hope that this will pave the way for future collaborations.”
“We are very happy to host the internationally acclaimed Johann Strauss Ensemble in Singapore and combine their performance with some CSR activity in Singapore” says Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge PTE. “As a Joint Venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC )in the UAE and Austrian based Borealis and as an employer of more than 40 different nationalities serving customers around the world, we take great pride and effort in cherishing our heritage and manifold traditions. We are one family, building on our multicultural diversity. It is keys to us that we respect the communities and the environment in which we live and work and I am therefore glad that sponsoring the ensemble’s tour to Singapore brought us into dialogue with schools and other local community bodies. Singapore is the home base of our Marketing and Sales Company ever since we were founded in 1998 and it is Singapore from where we are rapidly expanding throughout Asia. Singapore is part of our success story of growth, innovation and sustainability and therefore we wish to be good neighbours and partners to the people of Singapore.”
Apart from sponsoring the assembly performances and master classes at CHIJ (Kellock) and SJI (Junior), Borouge will also make a contribution to the Business Times Budding Artists Fund to support artistically talented children from social-economic disadvantaged backgrounds.