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National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 searches for local musical talents

Singapore, 6 April 2016 - Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Jurong Junior College and TCR Music Station are jointly organising the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 to discover more local musical talents. 

Xinyao or Singapore Songs, is a campus music movement in the 1980s and 1990s, with a focus on Chinese music compositions. It was an era when local song writers pen their thoughts, dreams and goals through writing and singing their own compositions. Their works were well loved by Singaporeans, especially the younger generation and inspired more budding musical talents to compose their own Xinyao compositions. The movement produced several Xinyao pioneers such as Liang Wern Fook, Eric Moo, Roy Li Feihui and Chen Jiaming. They have gone on to become key figures in the local Chinese music industry. 

Last year, Singapore celebrated its 50th anniversary and Xinyao was in the spotlight once again. It became the collective memory of a generation which grew up listening and singing to familiar Xinyao songs.

As a result, many concerts and events featuring Xinyao were organised in 2015. One of them was the inaugural Xinyao Singing Competition jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao, Jurong Junior College and TCR Music Station. Through the competition, Xinyao compositions were freshly interpreted and performed by a new generation of musical talents. The competition was well received by students. 

This year, the competition is expanded to include a song writing category. The addition of the new category is to encourage the creation of more Xinyao compositions so that Xinyao will continue to grow and flourish in Singapore. 

The National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 is open to secondary schools, junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) and polytechnics. 

In order to encourage more students to compose their own Xinyao music, this year's competition will include a half-day song writing workshop conducted by veteran Xinyao song writers Roy Li Feihui and Chen Jiaming, as well as Cai Yiren, who promotes Xinyao actively through organising concerts and bringing Xinyao to the schools and communities. 

To reach out to a wider audience and attract more participants, this year's competition will be promoted across SPH's multiple media platforms including print, online and radio.  The competition, which will be divided into preliminaries, semi finals and finals, will be aired over StarHub TV Channel 111/825 (E-City). SPH Radio's UFM100.3 will also dedicate air time each week to showcase compositions by the participants. 

Members of the public can find out more about the singers and compositions via a microsite and the event's Facebook page. They can support their favourite singers and compositions by taking part in an online poll. 

The top three winners of the song writing category will get to record their winning works in an album to be distributed free to school campuses. The winning entries will be played on radio and via digital platforms to boost their popularity among Singapore audiences. 

The National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 will kick off with a Song Writing Workshop on 9 April at Jurong Junior College. Auditions for the competition will be held on 14 May at Jurong Junior College. The preliminaries (21 May), semi finals (11 June) and grand finals (2 July) will be held at Singapore Polytechnic. 

The event is co-organised by StarHub, Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. It is sponsored by Koufu, POSB, Best World International, Cenosis and Lee Foundation, and supported by Sian Chay Medical Institution.

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Please see attached Annexe for the prizes, key events and dates, and registration details of National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016, and media release in Chinese. 

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