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What Theme Song Would Your Favourite Fairy Tale Have?

Hear fancy European and local orchestras bring classic tales to life

Photos: Singapore International Festival of Music / Facebook

Have you ever been reading a fairy tale and wish there was a captivating soundtrack to accompany the story? Soon, you can hear your favourite childhood folklore come to life.

The Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM) is back for its second run, and this year, it has taken on the theme of “Myths and Legends”. From 13-30 Oct, various performers, groups and orchestras will perform exciting classical music inspired by folklore and fairy tales.

Photo: Vasilisa Berzhanskaya via Singapore International Festival of Music / Facebook

For example, the opening concert on 13 Oct will hear the legendary Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Festival Orchestra perform two acclaimed pieces: Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” (inspired by the “Sinbad the Sailor” and “1001 Arabian Nights”).

Local jazz musician Tze and his TO ensemble will also deliver an evening of original crossover music inspired by Chinese myths and legends.

A highlight of SIFOM 2016 is its resident Festival Orchestra, which comprises Singapore’s best talents as well as masters from our Southeast-Asian neighbours, including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Other esteemed guests this year include Norway’s electrifying Ensemble 1B1; international opera stars Li Ao and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya; Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2015 Silver-Medallist Aleksey Semenenko; composer Jeffrey Ching; as well as Singapore’s best young musicians like violinist Basil Ong Tze Wee, pianists Thomas Ang, Song Ziliang, Nabillah Jalal, and soprano Nancy Yuen.

The Singapore International Festival of Music will run from 13-30 Oct. Tickets are available on Sistic. More information here.