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Musical talents uncovered at National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016

Singapore, 2 July 2016 --- A group of talented singers and song writers were uncovered at the finals of National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 this evening. 

Thirteen-year-old Aung Swan Paing Oo of Saint Patrick's School emerged the winner in the Singing (Solo) Category while Lim Wei Xiang and Joyce Seah Hui Ling of Singapore Polytechnic sang their way to the top of the Singing (Group) Category in the exciting finals, which was watched by over 1,200 people at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre. 

In the song writing category, Alina Liu of United World College of South East Asia wowed the judges with her original composition "Will You Think of Me?" (会想我吗?), beating four other finalists to clinch the coveted prize. 

The winners received their trophies and prizes from Guest of Honour Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence. 

The National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 is jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Jurong Junior College and TCR Music Station. The objective of the competition is to promote Xinyao music and to discover more musical talents in Singapore. 

The event was first launched last year as a singing competition. This year, a song writing category was added to encourage the creation of more Xinyao compositions so that Xinyao will continue to grow and flourish in Singapore. 

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 penned 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. 

The competition, which is open to secondary schools, junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) and polytechnics, attracted over 420 participants from 52 schools this year. 

To reach out to a wider audience and attract more participants, this year's competition was promoted across SPH's multiple media platforms including print, online and radio. 

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 UFM100.3 and via digital platforms to boost their popularity among Singapore audiences. 

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

Please see attached list of winners and prizes for the competition. 

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