With a Grateful Heart
9 Dec 2017, 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ONE Chamber Choir, together with special guest singers, presents an outdoor performance of timeless classics and tunes for the family, in celebration of gratitude.
ONE Chamber Choir
ONE Chamber Choir is a young adult choir under the baton of Lim Ai Hooi, one of the region’s most prominent choral directors. Established in June 2009, ONE currently consists of 35 singers, all of whom are choral enthusiasts with rich choral performing experience.
In Jun 2012, ONE was invited as a guest choir for the 1st Portuguese Summer Choral Festival. Apart from performing Mozart’s Requiem for the opening concert, ONE also performed at various landmarks in Lisbon, notably the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. In 2013, ONE took part in the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival in the Philippines and emerged first place in the Chamber Choir category. The choir then took part in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2015 in Wales and came back with two second place finishes and a spot in the Choir of the World Grand Finals. In 2016, ONE took part in the Laurea Mundi Budapest and achieved Laurea Summa Cum Laude for the Mixed Choirs and Musica Sacra categories. In 2017, the choir achieved a 2nd Prize at the prestigious 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf.
In 2014, ONE started a new concert series where we explore new genres of music with overseas clinicians, collaborating with Maestro Werner Pfaff from Germany. The choir has since worked together with Maestro Maris Sirmāis from Latvia in 2015 and Maestro André van der Merwe from South Africa in 2016, delighting audiences with unique and exciting choral repertoire.
With a vision to bring a new dimension to choral performances, ONE’s mission is to challenge conventional choral delivery to present a uniquely ONE experience. ONE hopes to engage, entertain and explore new themes and concepts with our audience in every performance.
Lim Ai Hooi (Artistic Director for ONE Chamber Choir)
Lim Ai Hooi is a highly recognised and respected conductor and educator in the Singapore and international choral scene. Among the numerous accolades she has received, the most notable are in leading the Hwa Chong Institution Choir to emerge Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tours.
Lim’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.
Lim actively contributes to the growth of the Singapore choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Lim established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. ONE entered into a partnership with the Song Lovers Choral Society in 2010 (formerly known as Lee Howe Choral Society), to form its youth wing. Since its establishment, ONE has presented unique experiences to its audiences through challenging conventional choral performances and exploring new dimensions to choral delivery under the artistic leadership and vision of Lim.
Lim also co-founded Sourcewerkz PL to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and the Portuguese Summer Choral Festival since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. She is also the festival director of the Singapore International Choral Festival which has attracted over 120 choirs and over 6000 participants since 2014.
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Esplanade Forecourt Garden
1 Esplanade Drive