Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020


Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020

The Business Times-CapitaLand Fundraiser

Annual fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) and School of the Arts Endowment Fund goes online for the first time in response to Covid-19 safe distancing measures

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  • Fourth edition of Sunburst concert, Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020: The Business Times – CapitaLand Fundraiser broadcasts on Thursday 19 November 2020, 8 pm—8.45 pm on SOTA’s YouTube channel
  • Young talents respond with ingenuity to their study, play and work areas in school in the creation of their performances


19 November 2020 – The Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020: The Business Times – CapitaLand Fundraising Show will go online for the first time this year in response to the current Covid-19 safe distancing measures.

The concert, which since 2017 has been an annual fundraiser for School of the Arts Endowment Fund [SOTA EF] and Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS], had been previously held at SOTA’s Concert Hall and Drama Theatre.

This new edition promises a refreshing and new take on the theme of “air.” Sunburst 2020 will see SOTA students responding with ingenuity and creativity to spaces within the SOTA campus for their performances while collaborative performances between SOTA and MDAS beneficiaries take on a digital spin with clever editing effects.

Says Mr Wong Wei Kong, Editor of The Business Times, which is the concert’s Organiser, “The impact of Covid-19 has highlighted more than ever the need for greater inclusivity. The message of Sunburst, in bringing together SOTA students and MDAS members on the same stage, is even more relevant. The restrictions brought about by the pandemic have also not derailed the show–instead it has unleashed a new creativity.”

This virtual event promises to be a visual treat and takes viewers inside the beautiful spaces of SOTA which was designed by Singapore architectural firm WOHA. The young talents have taken themselves out of the conventional concert stage to record their performances in unconventional settings like the school’s library, canteen, rooftop, and a grove-like terrace.

Viewers can expect to see refreshing takes on well-known works from pop to classical including John Lennon’s Imagine and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.

Artistic Director Jeremiah Choy says: “I don’t see the Covid-19 situation as a “challenge” but instead an opportunity to rethink, reflect and maybe re-set some of the programming that we’ve done before. The performers are still able to bond over the internet and deliver an amazing programme. The situation allows us to showcase the different aspects and façade of SOTA and MDAS, rather than confining the concert to the theatre or concert hall. Here, the platform showcases how the students and the members adapt to the situation and allows them to deliver something different, something refreshing.”

Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020 aims to raise $250,000 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS] and the School of the Arts Endowment Fund (SOTA EF).
The concert’s presenting sponsor is CapitaLand, main sponsors are OCBC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank; supported by DBS Bank and the SPH Foundation.

Mr Tan Seng Chai, Chief Corporate & People Officer for CapitaLand Group and Executive Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, says: “CapitaLand is delighted to partner The Business Times and return as the presenting sponsor of this inspirational concert for the fourth year to help build a more inclusive society. As a socially responsible company, CapitaLand has been giving back to the communities where we operate globally. This gives us a sense of purpose, a soul to our company. Through our philanthropic arm, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, we support the social growth and development needs of underprivileged children so they can be nurtured to their full potential. We are heartened to see the resilience of our young beneficiaries putting together this virtual concert despite the pandemic. We hope that this concert will enable them to showcase their talents and give them greater confidence in shaping their future.”

Produced by arts and culture not-for-profit organisation Global Cultural Alliance, the 45-minute online concert also features members of MDAS and SOTA students in a collaborative cover of the catchy and resonant Bruno Mars’ number Count on Me. This performance acknowledges our interdependence and need for unity to rise against the disruptive nature of the pandemic, particularly in lives of MDAS members.

Mr William Eng, 32, MDAS member and designer with MDAS employment programme B-Hive says: “Despite difficulties we still can burst through the barriers like sunrays. Definitely felt very lucky and honoured that we can still perform under such circumstances. It’s been a fruitful experience. I’ve learnt a lot collaborating with this group of energetic, exciting, young talented students.”

SOTA students have augmented their vocal performances with visuals to amplify their sets. The group JFR (Jaime Chew, Freesia Tong, Raeanne Wong, all aged 15) have added a visual element to their medley When You Wish Upon a Star and Over the Rainbow with original art by MDAS members.

On behalf of the trio, SOTA Music student Raeanne Wong, 15, says: “To us, Sunburst is a platform that unites hearts and brings the community together. As such, we are immensely honoured to be given such an opportunity.”

Visual Arts student Freesia Tong adds, “Our performance includes a special visual arts component where we digitally drew on original artworks created by MDAS members. These meaningful and vibrant works represent friendship, hope and joy as we strive to create a more inclusive community.”

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Yu-Ming Siow
Marketing Communications, TRCL
9641 5608

The Business Times (BT) is a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia’s leading financial daily. BT brings its readers daily corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary on print and digital platforms. It provides readers with in-depth coverage of Singapore and Asian business and economic developments, as well as global trends that impact Singapore business. BT’s lifestyle journalists bring busy executives the latest in recreation, entertainment, the arts, design, food and shopping.

School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Career-related Programme, for youths aged 13-18 years old. Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), SOTA offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential can best be realised. With a vision to nurture creative citizens for the future, SOTA aims to identify and groom artistic and creative learners who positively impact Singapore and the world, through a vibrant learning environment that is anchored in the arts. A school of the future, SOTA embraces a holistic educational philosophy that celebrates experimentation, expression and discovery.

The School Of The Arts Endowment Fund (SOTA EF) addresses the need for long-term sustainability in providing SOTA students with bursaries, scholarships and other financial assistance. Your contribution will help make arts education accessible for the less privileged and play a significant role in nurturing cultural leaders of tomorrow.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS] is a self-funded welfare organisation that strives to uplift the lives of persons with Muscular Dystrophy and integrate them into society. Persons with Muscular Dystrophy face difficulties performing everyday tasks, from turning a page to feeding themselves, due to a genetic condition that causes muscle weakening. Through MDAS’s programmes and services, they can equip themselves with social and vocational skills, thus living life to the fullest.

Global Cultural Alliance (GCA) Founded in 2014, GCA is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on building communities and bridging borders through arts and cultural programmes. It is committed to developing an inclusive society and positioning Singapore as a cultural hub for the exchange of ideas and shared experiences. The team firmly believes in the transformative power of the arts and works with marginalised segments of society including individuals with experiences of incarceration, poverty or in need of mental health support.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of not-for-profit arts and culture organisation TRCL (The RICE Company Ltd), GCA is the programme curator of Hillside1820, an arts centre located in a black-and-white colonial house on the serene slopes of Mount Faber, signature programmes curated include a free monthly arts and wellness programme, Rejuvenate! and a music series, A Little Night Music.