Friday, 22 November 2013


The world became a sadder place a fortnight ago when Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central islands of the Philippines, wreaking havoc and leaving tens of thousands of lost lives and lots more homeless in its wake. 

A benefit concert by Filipino pianist Albert Tiu and Friends was held on Thursday 21 November 2013 at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, with all proceeds going to the Singapore Red Cross Society in aid of the relief fund. The well-attended concert was supported by the Kris Foundation and the Conservatory, and featured a Who's Who of music-making in Singapore. 

The concert opened with Zuo Jun (Violin) and Ng Pei Sian (Cello)
playing the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia.

Duo pianists Lori Kaufman and Albert Tiu
poured their heart out in Piazzolla's Oblivion.

Albert Tiu in two solo Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs.
Der Müller un der Bach and Liebesbotschaft.

Young Filipino composer Joshua Pangilinan addressing
the audience before the performance of his composition
Kabihasnan. The Tagalog word refers to
"civilisation" or "people".

Kabihasnan is a quiet and reflective work filled with bell sounds
and echoes, performed with feeling by
Achittapol Tinnarat (Flute), Xie Tian (Cello),
Naoto Segawa (Percussion) and Zyrene Estallo (Piano). 

Zuo Jun and Albert Tiu tugged on the heart-strings
with Dvorak's Songs My Mother Taught Me.

Ng Pei Sian joined in with Saint-Saëns's The Swan.

The longest piece of the evening was
Eugene Ysaye's Poéme Elegiaque, a heartrendingly
beautiful work performed by Qian Zhou and Bernard Lanskey.
Philippines Ambassador to Singapore Ms Minda Calaguian-Cruz
gave a short speech to thank the organisers, performers,
friends and supporters of the Benefit Concert.

The evening closed with two Piazzolla tangos, Oblivion and
Death of the Angel, transcribed by Albert Tiu for piano and
quartet. Here he is partnered by the T'ang Quartet. 

It was a touching and moving evening of sublime music
which brought on not a few tears from those who attended,
Music can help make the world a better place.
The Filipino community in Singapore
with Albert Tiu's family and friends.

Thank you, Albert Tiu and Friends.

You can make a difference by donating to help our stricken brothers and sisters in the Philippines. 

Please make your cheques out to:
Singapore Red Cross Society

Please include "Haiyan Benefit" on the back of the cheque and your personal particulars. 

All photos by the kind permission of Albert Tiu and Friends, and the Kris Foundation.

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