A JOLLY ROYAL BALL / Scenes from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Annual Dinner


Long service awards. Maestro Lan Shui has been with the SSO for 15 years now!

Classical musicians always appear very serious on stage, so it is always a refreshing sight to see them letting down their collective hair and being themselves, even for a single evening. The annual dinner of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra family was held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore on 27 November, and it was a chance for members of the SSO family to get together and have a ball of a time. This year's theme was A Jolly Royal Ball, with a theme of being all things British. That would explain the many Union Jacks, fish and chips, bread pudding, and references to the Beatles that dominated the evening's rather unclassical entertainment.

The best dressed, as voted by the dinner guests were harpist Gulya Mashurova and Concertmaster Sasha Souptel.

The evening's entertainment was provided by the orchestra's Fab Four, playing on  instruments they don't usually play  on the Esplanade stage. Librarian Lim Yeow Siang belted out the vocals, supported by percussionist Mark Suter and tuba player Hidehiro Fujita on electric guitar, and double-bassist Wang Xu on drums!

A Hard Day's Night. 

Concertmaster Sasha Souptel, Mrs Charlotte Goh and Maestro Lan Shui. 

Board and Committee members: Lionel Choi, Professor and Mrs Lim Seh Chun (the only board member who has actually played as a member of the orchestra), Artistic Advisory Committee member and critic Mervin Beng, Su Pin and YST Orchestra conductor Jason Lai.
The Chans with power company. Cellist Chan Wei Shing, soprano Jeong Ae Ree of New Opera Singapore with Mrs Goh Chok Tong, Violinist Chan Yoong Han, Marketing Comms Manager Cindy Lim with Borard member Chng Hak Peng.

Concertmasters with their partners. Sasha Souptel with Masako Suzuki, and Lynnette Seah with re-elected "US President  Barack Obama".

The Cool Crowd (SSO past present and future): Gillian Wong, Amy Yuen, Tang I Shyan, Jason Lai, Tan How Pang and Jenny Ting.