Focus on Australia–Singapore relationship bearing fruit

Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield has welcomed the signing of a new four-year partnership agreement between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Group from 2019 to 2022.

Focus on Australia–Singapore relationship bearing fruit


“This new connection with Singapore arose out of formal talks on arts and culture over the past three years. It gives Australian musicians the opportunity to collaborate with international peers and reach a broader audience in the region. Partnerships such as these are vital to strengthening and growing Australia’s arts and culture sector,” Minister Fifield said.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the partnership will lead to important collaborations, including joint orchestral performances and concerts in both countries.

“Our shared mission is to inspire and engage audiences worldwide and this agreement is significant for our countries and our cultural sectors. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is proud to enter into this partnership with the Singapore Symphony Group,” Ms Galaise said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Symphony Group Mr Chng Hak‑Peng said the Singapore Symphony Group is committed to nurturing talent and enriching our communities.

“We are excited about this opportunity to share music-making and knowledge with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,” said Mr Chng.

The Australian Government is proud to support the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia’s leading symphony orchestras. This partnership follows the recent announcement of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra securing an international distribution agreement with UNITEL, the world's leading producer and distributor of classical music.

The relationship between Australia and Singapore was formalised with the signing of theMemorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture in June 2015 and the establishment of the Australia Singapore Arts Group to help identify and facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and relationship-building.

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    • Mr David Krasnostein, MSO Board
    • Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia & Co Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group
    • Ms Sophie Galaise, Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
    • Senator, the Honourable Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts
    • Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner for the Republic of Singapore to Australia
    • Mr Hak Peng CHNG, CEO of the Singapore Symphony Group


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