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Singapore’s inclusive orchestra with special needs musicians shares virtual performance

Fifteen musicians from the Purple Symphony performed Libertango from their own homes as a way to spread positive messages of music, resilience and solidarity during these times.

Singapore’s inclusive orchestra with special needs musicians shares virtual performance

(Photo: Facebook/The Purple Symphony)

Musicians from the Purple Symphony, Singapore's largest inclusive orchestra, were supposed to have a live performance at the Esplanade. When that was cancelled due to “circuit breaker” measures, they decided to take their music online instead. 

The result is a virtual performance of a piece called Libertango, put together from recordings of each musician's performance from home, that was released on Thursday (Apr 23) on the orchestra’s Facebook group. 

Fifteen musicians took part from the more than 100-strong orchestra, which is made up of people with and without special needs.

The Facebook post included this message: “Our Purple Symphony Ensemble is excited to share the Libertango with you and your loved ones! We would have loved to perform it live for you, nonetheless we hope you enjoy our little musical gift to you!”

“The Purple Symphony has been staying home, practising hard,” they added in the music video. “However we miss playing music together. It hasn’t been easy for our musicians. We miss your applause.”

They were able to pull off the virtual performance using an audio visual guide track and a conductor’s click-guide to help them remain aligned and perform in rhythm. 

Their aim with this music video is to spread positive messages of music, resilience and solidarity during these times, and to encourage fellow Singaporeans to stay at home but still keep their passions alive.

The group intends to showcase other songs in the coming weeks. 

The orchestra first debuted in 2015 and has since had a slew of high-profile performances, including at the Closing Ceremony of the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015, National Day Parade 2017, President’s Star Charity 2018, True Colours Festival 2018 and the annual Purple Parade.

Source: CNA/sr