The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and NUS Mind Science Centre collaborated to host A Celebration of Choral Singing on 2 February - a musical evening in more ways than one.
The evening opened with a reception marking milestones and welcoming further funding support for the Choral Singing for the Prevention of Dementia Study, led by Asst Prof Feng Lei of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The guests were welcomed at a reception by Prof Bernard Lanskey, Dean of the YST Conservatory, who gave an insightful welcome to guests, donors, and fellow music aficionados to start off the happenings.
Prof Lanskey then introduced Maestro Masaaki Suzuki, Ong Teng Cheong Visiting Professor in Music at YST, who shared his insights on music-making ahead of the night’s concert – Bach Cantata Series: Masaaki Suzuki & J.S. Bach, where he would conduct YST’s Conservatory Orchestra and singers alongside international soloists.
The highlight of the reception was the senior citizens’ choir, who performed a series of songs with much vigour and enthusiasm. Since 2015, the senior citizens have been engaged in weekly choir rehearsals held at YST as part of the study. The senior citizens’ choir has since performed at occasions such as the Enabling Festival, and shown encouraging results. Guests further got to hear more about the study from Dr Feng Lei and mingle, before proceeding to the Bach Cantata Series concert.
Learn more about the Choral Singing for the Prevention of Dementia study here.