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As an important step in giving back to society, ThePiano.SG has rolled out a social initiative known as Pianovers Assist which provides assistance to needy Singaporeans so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in piano education. Zafri was the first beneficiary under the Pianovers Assist programme.
Owing to the fact that this Meetup session happened during the September school holidays, the turnout tonight was huge, and list of performers was long. As if this was pre-planned, the lights at The URA Centre were switched off right after the last note from the last performer! Such was the great timing! Everyone present cheered! We were all clearly happy that no one who had registered to play was left out.
Pianovers were updated with two pieces of news. Yamaha Music Asia has partnered with ThePiano.SG, during Yamaha's Piano Fair 2017, on ThePiano.SG's piano donation program "Pianovers Assist" for those in needs, where a beneficiary gets to keep a piano for 6 months free. Also, Pianovers Meetup #49 will be held at the Suntec Convention Centre, Room #333, on 10 Sep, 2pm - 4:30pm, in conjunction with Yamaha's Funtastic Piano Days.
The pianist swims his way into the seat before a grand piano, while the three accompanying violinists stand around him. The music soon starts, with Andre Kempen hitting the ivory keys and the violinists playing along, all breathing air bubbles as they serenade underwater.
On 20 August 2017, Pianovers gathered at 10 Square @ Orchard Central for a special event, Pianovers Recital, to celebrate the first anniversary of Pianovers Meetup. Everyone had a very enjoyable evening full of piano music and more! Pianovers Recital was but a small step towards our vision of connecting people in the piano community; and we look forward to an even better Pianovers Recital 2018!
Since ThePiano.SG was founded, we have been engaging in our vision to be the leader in connecting people in the piano community together in Singapore. Over the past two years, we have been holding regular events for passionate piano lovers - affectionately known as Pianovers, and growing the local piano community. We are, of course, extremely delighted when ThePiano.SG was featured in the July/August issue of Challenge magazine.
Hua Shin and Yee Ling, both new to Pianovers Meetup, performed one of the pieces from their upcoming concert, to be held on 5 Sep 2017. Yen-Fay and Ming Yang, who attended the Meetup last week, were back to perform the same pieces for a good reason - they are participating in the Singapore Asia Youth Piano Competition on 19 Aug 2017! We at ThePiano.SG would like to wish them all the best in their concert and competition!
As this Meetup was conducted just three days prior to National Day, it was appropriately National Day-themed. To mark this occasion, Pianovers tonight came in either red or white. The Mini-Recital this evening was split into two halves, the second half carrying a National Day theme. The many wonderful performances culminated in Zafri's performance of the most important song of all - Singapore's National Anthem.
Kris (Australian), was spotted chatting with Desiree (Indonesian) and her daughter, as well as Albert, an elderly Pianover (Singapore). Zafri (Malay), and Pat (Chinese) were seen jamming together. In another interesting observation, May Ling (Chinese) was chatting with Ploy (Thai) and Wayne (Hong Kong). These random interactions illustrated one important point. Pianovers Meetup is not just about bringing people together in the piano community, but also about strengthening the Singapore spirit. The event builds social cohesion and promotes racial harmony. Through Pianovers Meetup, people of all races, languages and religions come together to indulge in this commual space to make music.