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    Mar 09, 2015

    Over 300 hopefuls want to be Sing50 pianists

    MORE than 300 people - aged between six and 85 - responded to a national search over the weekend for 50 pianists to play at the music extravaganza celebrating Singapore's 50th birthday at the National Stadium on Aug 7.

    Each pianist will play on one of 50 pianos, and they will be part of a star-studded line-up of artists, including singer-composer Dick Lee, jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, Malay rock/folk pioneer Ramli Sarip and Indian singer-songwriter Mohamed Raffee.

    Sing50, which will celebrate songs written, popularised or performed by Singaporeans, is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. It is produced by non-profit arts and culture organisation The Rice Company.

    The auditions were held at the Steinway Gallery at Palais Renaissance. Euan Murugasu, the 52-year-old head and senior consultant of Jurong Health Services' ear, nose and throat department, said that going for the auditions felt like "going for exams again".

    He said of Sing50: "It also shows how far Singapore has come in the music scene."

    The candidates - who must have a minimum Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 qualification - were judged on their technical skills, aural ability, musicianship and sight-reading.