Listen to Sound of Music 2.0 for charity

August 24th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

KUCHING: Plaza Merdeka Holdings and the Sarawak Heart Foundation with the support of Rotary Club of Kuching Central will hold the Sound of Music 2.0 charity concert at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Aug 27.

Award-winning St Joseph’s School Marching Band – which last year won the Division III A category at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey upstaging 53 other high school bands – will welcome VVIPs and lead them into the venue.

The concert proper will feature the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band from the United Kingdom, led by musical director Mike Booty.

Formed by Booty in 1974, the band has raised thousands of pounds for charities and regularly performs up to 30 concerts annually.

The band has twice played and been presented to the Princess Royal, once in the Royal Albert Hall.

Their performance of ‘Tubby the Tuba’, was narrated by the highly acclaimed British performer Roy Castle OBE.

Among the band’s achievements are third prize in the Valkenburg International Music Festival, Holland and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2006.

The band toured Germany five times, most recently this year, as well as Singapore, Borneo and Thailand in August 2008; while in August 2012 formed the centrepiece of the Sound of Music 1.0.

Performing as separate units for specific segments of the concert will be award-winning local winds orchestra from SM Sains Kuching – better known as SainsKu Winds.

The SainsKu Winds Orchestra performs at an event.

SM Sains is a Yayasan Khazanah Trust School for promising students from underprivileged families.

Since 2011, Booty has visited SM Sains and other Kuching schools to give his gift of music to local young musicians.

Both bands and young musicians will also perform together in a kaleidoscope of the brightest international young talents and a tour de force of musical magic.

Sensational Korean opera singer Sungbong Choi, 26, will also perform.

Made famous by ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ 2011 despite finishing first runner-up, the inspirational Choi went from orphaned street kid to opera prodigy.

Choi, who is working on a second album, has performed in many international venues including in London with Paul Potts, in the United States and recently with Psy in Korea.

He recently published his autobiography.

Choi is appearing courtesy of sponsorship from ACFM Holdings Sdn Bhd.

“I want to support such a noble cause,” he said.

Nisa Addina – Photo by Russell Ting



Choi will also perform with Sarawak’s own award-winning violinist Nisa Addina Taufik.

Funds raised by the concert will benefit lower income individuals requiring cardiovascular procedures.

Donations may be made to the Sarawak Heart Foundation and donations of RM100 and over will receive two complimentary tickets to the show.

Donors will also receive a tax deductible receipt from the Sarawak Heart Foundation.

For more information, to donate, or to obtain tickets contact the Rotary Club of Kuching president elect Clarence Yong (019-8571893), Dr Willie Lau (017-8096655), Pauline Kon (012-8891929), Major Francis Ng (012-4052430), Jennifer (016-8977151), Louis Yong (013-8112726), Eric Lim (012-88712880), Richard Wong (017-2220533), Councillor Taufik Abdul Ghani (019-8860070), Alan Tang (012-8869399), Izora Lim (019-8890010), Cheah Kheng Mun (012-4221168), Geraldine Lau (017-2282968), or Sam Avenido (012-8877568).

Information and tickets will also be available at the Concierge at Plaza Merdeka Shopping Centre from Aug 18.



The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band led by Booty.


KUCHING: SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor emerged victorious at the Iquiz Malaysia Sarawak Region competition which saw secondary school team ‘Anonymous’ beat 97 teams from Sarawak to represent the State in the grand finals in Kuala Lumpur next month.


The competition jointly organised by Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway and Rotary Club of Kuching Central saw ‘Anonymous’ beat six teams from Lodge International School, SMK St Thomas, SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor and SMK Bandar Kuching No.1 in the final rounds.


The team of Rotary Interactors Damien Chan, Davin Ngu and Ryan Low had been preparing for the past few months and though competition was stiff, their hard work paid off as on Sept 3 they will compete with seven other winners from different regions of the country for the grand prize of a full scholarship of their choice at any Sunway College branch for each member.


They were also presented with the Challenge Trophy by Rotary International Past District Governor Andre Suharto and Rotary Club of Kuching Central president Clarence Yong.


The first and second runners-up were ‘The Neapolitans’ and ‘The Intellectuals’, both teams from SMK St Thomas.



KUCHING:- IQuiz Sarawak Regional Championship, another signature collaboration project of both Rotary Club of Kuching Central and Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway will be held at TheRanyai Ballroom, Level 4, The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching on 13th August 2016. According to Clarence Yong, the President of Rotary Club of Kuching Central, 97 teams from secondary schools all over Sarawak have taken up the challenge and registered for this annual event that is set to test which is the brightest team of students from Sarawak.

Now on its second year, the IQuiz is a competition that tests teams which each comprise of three members on questions of general knowledge, maths, science, and linguistic skills. However, in order to compete in this competition, the members must first be Interactors, which are students aged 13 to 18 that are members of a school based Interact Club, sponsored by a Rotary Club. Each school can send as many teams as they like.

The winner of the IQuiz Sarawak Regional Championship will receive the Sarawak Challenge trophy, and individual medals. In addition, they willreceive air tickets and accommodation to represent Sarawak and compete in the National Level IQuiz for the 9th Challenge Trophy at Sunway University on 3rd September 2016. The 1st runner up and 2nd runner up will each receive trophies and individual medals.

The Champions of the National Level IQuiz will receive three full scholarships or a total of RM 70,200.00 (whichever is lower) for the three members to enterprogrammes at their choice of Sunway University, Sunway College KL, Sunway College Ipoh or SunwayCollege JohorBahru(subject to meeting entry requirements). The National 1st runner up and 2nd runner ups will receive a total of RM 36,000.00 and RM 30,000.00 in scholarships for the three members respectively.

“Last year,‘The Destroyers’team from Lodge International School won the Sarawak Regional Championship. They also did very well at the National Level IQuiz, and came in 5th,”disclosed Dr Willie Lau, Organizing Chairman for the IQUIZ Sarawak Regional Championship. The event will be officiated by the Assistant Governor of Group 15, Rotary District 3310, LesliePhuan.For further information, kindly contact the organizers at or refer to the club website at