The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has signed a four-year Memorandum Of Agreement with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The agreement, which was signed last Thursday, will take effect in 2019. The agreement will allow both orchestras to engage in conductor, musician and administrative staff exchanges, perform in their respective cities, and co-commission works. Chng Hak-Peng, the CEO of the Singapore Symphony Group (SSG) commented on the partnership below.
“We’re excited to partner the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a leading Australian orchestra and 100-year-old institution. By including musicians and staff exchanges as well as tours and co-commissions, this partnership will greatly benefit artistes and arts managers from the two countries, and foster greater mutual understanding for both sides. This is the first time the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is signing an MOU with an Australian orchestra. It will also be our most extensive MOU to date, and a valuable opportunity for us to reflect Singapore to a wider international audience through music.”
The SSO's current partnerships with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy will not be affected.