Singapore turns 50
The High Commission of Singapore in Pretoria hosted a reception to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of nationhood. Mr Bernard Baker, High Commissioner of Singapore welcomed T’ang Quartet, Singapore’s premier string quartet, to the celebration who delighted guests with their artful blend of East and West, seamlessly reinterpreting classical work for contemporary fans while appealing to traditional audiences. Included in the programme was Bach, Haydn, Puccini’s Nessum Dorma, Syafiqah Adha’s Heart, Moon and Stars and Kelly Tang’s Three Folk Dances.
The quartet is made up of violinists Ng Yu-Ying, Ang Chak Meng and Lionel Tan and cellist Leslie Tan and they have been playing together since 1992.
A moment of silence was observed for the late President and founding father of Singapore Mr Lee Kuan Yew who died earlier this year.
After 11 years and 2 postings in South Africa, High Commissioner Bernard Baker and Susan Baker bid farewell to South Africa. Ties between Singapore and South Africa have grown and High Commissioner Baker thanked everyone who facilitated this strengthening of relations.
As it was an evening of celebrations, T’ang Quartet started the concert by playing Happy Birthday to High Commissioner Bernard Baker who celebrated his birthday on the evening.