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ChildAid 2020 fundraising concert goes virtual amid Covid-19

SINGAPORE, 1 June 2020 - The annual ChildAid fund-raising concert, which has been enthralling audiences since 2005,  is moving into the virtual world for the first time amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. This year's charity concert will be streamed online on July 15 at 8pm, instead of a physical concert traditionally held at year end. Viewers will get a cutting-edge 360-degree immersive video experience, featuring well-known home-grown music veterans and rising young talents, who have stepped forward to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF).

The ST School Pocket Money Fund helps about 10,000 disadvantaged students pay for their meals and transport fees, while the BT Budding Artists Fund supports 1,000 financially disadvantaged but artistically talented children's lessons in the performing and visual arts.The two funds have become increasingly important against the grim backdrop of the pandemic.

Mr. Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’  English, Malay and Tamil Media Group, and Editor of The Straits Times, hopes this year's ChildAid concert will galvanise  the Singaporean community to do its bit for charity and donate to the two funds to help struggling families impacted by Covid-19.

Said Mr Fernandez: "This is an unusual time and we are all having to learn to do things in interesting new ways. So too for this year's ChildAid, which goes virtual. It promises to bring together many talents for the much loved annual concert for our two charities, the BT Budding Artists Fund and the ST School Pocket Money Fund, the latter of which marks its 20th anniversary this year. The show will also be a special way to mark The Straits Times' 175th anniversary, the online video approach reflecting our efforts to transform ST from a print newsroom to a truly multimedia one. In a way, the manner in which everyone - the performers and crew, the organising team and our other stakeholders - adapted and showed great resilience in the face of the  Covid-19 situation, speaks very well for the future of our efforts."

The 45-minute show, ChildAid2020 - Virtually Yours, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, will be streamed on the on the websites (,, Facebook pages and YouTube channels of The Straits Times and The Business Times, reaching out to a wider audience on social media.The concert will also be streamed live on the #StayHomeWithSPH website,

This year's concert will also mark two key milestones -- The Straits Times 175th anniversary and ST School Pocket Money Fund's 20th anniversary. Since the fund started on Children's Day on Oct 1, 2000, it has disbursed about $70 million and helped more than 170,000 students from low-income families.

Highlights of Virtually Yours include performances by ChildAid alumni singer Nathan Hartono; Cultural Medallion recipient and jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, and rising talents like teenage jazz musician John Koh, singers Heema Izzati Zainudin, Syah Riszuan, both students, and guitarist Mohammad Shahfiq. Also appearing in the show are home-grown musicians, pianist Lee Ann Gie and singer-songwriters Jasmine Sokko and Benjamin Kheng. There will also be a cast of international stars such as saxophonist CC Lee from China, drummer Krishna Kanhaiya from Indonesia, and jazz pianist Joey Alexander, also from Indonesia, who will perform  alongside Jeremy Monteiro.

Marrying music and technology, internationally acclaimed orchestra conductor Kahchun Wong, who is Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, will lead an international ensemble of musicians and vocalists from Asia and Europe to present an excerpt from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, ‘Ode to Joy’, to show global solidarity in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic.

The orchestra will be backed by an international choir of community singers, including performers from ChildAid Indonesia, ChildAid Japan and ChildAid Malaysia, which are global offshoot concerts of ChildAid.

The concert hopes to feature more than 200 past ChildAid performers and other young persons below 19 years joining in a choir to sing the ChildAid theme song, A World To Imagine, which was composed by the late music maestro  Iskander Ismail, with lyrics by Paul Tan, a former ST journalist who is now Deputy CEO of the National Arts Council. If you’d like to be part of the virtual choir, go to

Said Mr Arthur Lang, Chairman of ChildAid 2020 Steering Committee, who is also Chief Executive Officer (International), at Singtel:  “Digital technology has enabled us to bring various talents together in a way never done before and present a unique, borderless format of ChildAid that creatively marries art and technology. With the online format of this year's concert, we look forward to reaching more viewers and donors, and creating greater awareness of the needs of some of our students in Singapore. At the core of this ChildAid concert is the needs of the beneficiaries supported by these two children's charities, and we hope that the accessible, open nature of ChildAid 2020 will inspire more audiences to give and serve as a source of unity and encouragement for all, especially in these challenging times.”

Added Mr Jeremiah Choy, artistic director of ChildAid 2020:  “The unusual circumstances of the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker has indeed allowed us to re-think ChildAid from a creative and artistic point. ChildAid 2020 - Virtually Yours explores how digital technology can be used so that audiences can experience a performance in a way that they would not be able to in a normal theatre or concert hall. The technology we employ will allow viewers online to see the performances up close and from all angles and viewpoints, as if the viewer were within the performance itself.”

Mr Wong Wei Kong, editor of The Business Times said the new concert format would inspire viewers and supporters, "both as a creative experience as well as a way of showing how both funds continue to innovate and look forward.”

Continuing its support of ChildAid, United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Citi Singapore have come in as main sponsors. Other corporate donations are welcome. The concert is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times and produced by Global Cultural Alliance, with Orangedot Productions as its creative partner and Noon Talk Media as production partner. The official radio stations are Kiss92, One FM91.3 and Money FM89.3.

ChildAid has previously been held in various venues including the University Cultural Centre, Marina Bay Sands Theatre, and Resorts World Theatre and has served as a launchpad for many young talents such as singer Nathan Hartono, pianist Abigail Sin, and composer and arranger Julian Wong. who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the arts and entertainment scene today.


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Annex A- Infobox on ChildAid 2020, Virtually Yours 

ChildAid, the annual charity concert in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, goes virtual this year. 

Organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, ChildAid 2020 - Virtually Yours promises a cutting-edge 360-degree immersive video experience for viewers. The concert will feature well-known home-grown music veterans and rising young talents.

The 45-minute fundraising show will be streamed online on 15 July, 8pm on the website, Facebook and YouTube pages of The Straits Times and The Business Times.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 15 July, 8pm

The video is available on these platforms:

YouTube: The Straits Times and The Business Times

Facebook: The Straits Times and The Business Times,,, #StayHomeWithSPH


Here's how you can watch it: 

  • Mark your calendar for 15 July, 8pm. Tell your friends about it.

  • Go to the Facebook or YouTube pages of either The Straits Times or The Business Times at the stipulated date and time. 

  • Put on your earphones so you can enjoy the truly immersive sound experience

  • Enjoy the concert

  • Make a donation to ChildAid 


ChildAid 2020 Performers include:

  • Benjamin Kheng

  • Jasmine Sokko  

  • Jeremy Monteiro

  • Kahchun Wong

  • Nathan Hartono

  • A 200-strong virtual choir comprising ChildAid alumni and friends


ChildAid Alumni: 

  • Heema Izzati Zainudin,

  • John Koh,

  • Mohammad Shahfiq

  • Syah Riszuan 


Overseas guests: 

  • CC Lee (China) 

  • Joey Alexander (Indonesia) 

  • Krishna Kanhaiya (Indonesia)


Annex B - Information on ChildAid choir - Submit your video (Deadline on 15 June 2020)

We welcome all ChildAid Alumni and friends to be part of this choir, especially if you are a young person below 19 years old. Register and submit your video on

Annex C - How to donate (from 2 June, 2020)


Go to 


Key in UEN No. 201408699H. Enter in the reference field:  CA20<space>NRIC/UEN No.<space>CONTACT No.


Make payable to “ChildAid” and indicate your name, NRIC number and address at the back of the cheque.  Send to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, 1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994.

Note:  All donations of $20 and above qualify for 2.5 times tax deduction.

Annex D - Technology by NoonTalk Media (Explain the 360-degree viewing experience & sound)

ChildAid 2020 will be presented in the form of the 360 Degree Video, which provides a more immersive and indulging experience for the audience and viewers at home.

NoonTalk Media will be producing the content using special cameras and advanced 360 video compositing techniques. Through a method known as video stitching, this separate footage is merged into one spherical video piece, and the color and contrast of each shot is calibrated to be consistent with the others. This process is done by its 360 camera and specialised compositing software. To further enhance the concert experience, NoonTalk Media is also mastering the audio in Ambix (Ambisonics), a method for recording, mixing and playing back three-dimensional 360-degree audio. The basic approach of Ambix (Ambisonics) is to treat an audio scene as a full 360-degree sphere of sound coming from different directions around a center point. The center point is where the microphone is placed while recording, or where the listener’s ‘sweet spot’ is located while playing back.

The ChildAid 360 Experiential Concert will be uploaded onto the Facebook Page of The Straits Times and The Business Times on July 15. For optimum 360 Experience of the virtual concert, there are 3 options to choose from:

VR Headset (If you have)

- Open the link from our Social Handles and set up your VR Headset to the correct mode.

- Connect your devices to a headphone to experience the full Ambix (Ambisonics) Audio.

Mobile Phone

- Open the link from our Social Handles.

- Connect your devices to a headphone to experience the full Ambix (Ambisonics) Audio.

- Alternatively, you can also play the audio through your device speakers Stereo Audio.

Computers & Laptops

- Open the link from our Social Handles.

- Connect your devices to a headphone to experience the full Ambix (Ambisonics) Audio.

- Alternatively, you can also play the audio through your device speakers Stereo Audio.

* Playing through your device speakers, you will be experiencing stereo audio experience. We highly advise users to use the earpiece or headphones for the full ChildAid 360 Experiential Concert.

About Singapore Press Holdings

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.  

SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.

On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre.

SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It is also an owner, manager and developer of a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany. It currently operates two distinctive brands, Student Castle and Capitol Students.

It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes. 

SPH runs a regional events arm. It also invested in the education business.


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About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive multimedia coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 12 bureaus in major cities worldwide. Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times has been moving with the times in its efforts to engage and grow its audience and exploring innovative ways of storytelling, as well as continuously refreshing its products to maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing content as it happens on all platforms, from its website, Apple and Android apps to social media. The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and WAN-IFRA. Its multimedia newsroom and innovative projects were recognised at the annual regional WAN-IFRA event in Hong Kong in November 2018 when it emerged the biggest winner, sweeping nine Asian Digital Media awards, including two golds for best innovation to engage youth audience, and best lifestyle, sports, entertainment website.


About The Business Times

The Business Times, a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia's leading financial daily. BT brings to its readers daily corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary on print and digital platforms. It provides readers with in-depth coverage of Singapore and Asian business and economic developments, as well as global trends that impact Singapore business. BT's lifestyle journalists bring busy executives the latest in recreation, entertainment, the arts, design, food and shopping. 

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About The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund 

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund was started in 2000 as a community project initiated by The Straits Times to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. The children can use this money for school-related expenses, such as buying a meal during recess, paying for transport or using it to meet other schooling needs. The financial help also eases the burden of the many parents who are already struggling to feed their families on their meagre incomes.

The Fund supports about 10,000 children and youth a year. Since the project started in 2000, the Fund has disbursed $68m and helped over 170,000 cases of children and youth in providing them with monthly school pocket money.

STSPMF was established as a Trust on 20 October 2011 with a Board of Trustees and was granted charity status on 14 November 2011 with Institution of A Public Character (IPC) status effective from 1 January 2012.

The funds work with the Ministry of Education, mainstream and special needs schools, youth centres, family service centres and children's homes in disbursing the funds to students from low-income families. 


About The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that no child with a strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 18,000 financially-disadvantaged children and youths, between the ages of six and 19 years old, through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events. BT BAF supports two arts training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central, and is managed by The RICE Company Limited. For more information, 


About Global Cultural Alliance Ltd

Global Cultural Alliance Ltd (GCA), a not-for-profit arts organisation which aims towards creating, developing and managing arts and cultural programmes for the benefit of Singapore’s diverse communities and building an inclusive Singapore society.

GCA further develops opportunities in the fields of cultural diplomacy and creative entrepreneurship, and is a pioneer in creating innovative models of collaboration between culture and corporations, and between the private and public sectors. 

GCA is one of the leading companies in Asia to devise, promote and manage arts and culture-related initiatives, exchanges and enterprises in and between countries in the region and between the region and the rest of the world.

GCA was incorporated on 29 September 2014 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The RICE Company Ltd


About Orangedot Productions Pte Ltd

Orangedot Productions (ODP) began in 1997 when its founder Jeremiah Choy left the legal profession to join the arts and entertainment industry full time. It provides services in the consultancy, management and production of special events. Since its beginnings, ODP has established many close and working relationships with various government bodies, private corporations, agencies and individual clients, many of them repeat clients. 

As a special events company, ODP takes pride in creating original, interesting and innovative projects and events. ODP strives to provide its clients with unique experiences that are exclusive and distinctively different from what is currently in the market. ODP’s value-added artistic concepts and productions are specially and specifically designed to cater to the exact and explicit needs of its clients. ODP ensures that its clients enjoy a refreshingly novel and truly memorable experience.