Feast for the ears

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

Nisa and the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band performing a song together on stage.

KUCHING: Hundreds of music lovers and supporters of Sarawak Hearts Foundation (SHF) enjoyed a feast for the ears as they attended The Sound of Music 2.0 fundraising concert at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Jointly organised by Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd and SHF, this concert aimed to create a trust fund for the provision of cardiovascular procedures for underprivileged Sarawakians.

The first Sound of Music concert was held in 2012 and it raised RM1mil.

The funds were used for building two halfway houses at Sarawak General Hospital and at the Hearts centre in Kota Samarahan.

Talented musicians delivered a night filled with sweet melodies when a student music band comprising 44 students from SM Sains Kuching kick-started the concert with their smooth rendition of several hit songs by Swedish pop group Abba, including Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.

Sainsku Winds Orchestra, as they are known, has grown from a 23- to 64-instrument orchestra and it is now nationally acclaimed.

They have joined the ranks of elite schools with their many achievements including Most Improved Orchestra Award and the division two championship at National Wind Orchestra Festival 2009.

Local talent Nisa Addina Taufik made Sarawakians proud with her charismatic violin performance.

The 19-year-old Kuching-born contemporary violinist began her career in 2009 and has two albums; Yakina, which is filled with original compositions, while her second album was a dedication to music icon Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Nisa has performed at numerous venues in France, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia and is a solo violinist with South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band (SNYSB) from England.

Joining Nisa on stage for a duet was South Korean solo artiste Choi Sung Bong, who made his debut on reality competition TV show Korea’s Got Talent in 2011.

(From top left clockwise) Choi singing soulfully and passionately; Nisa dazzles during her solo performance; The audience enjoying the performance; Abdul Taib presenting a memento to Choi after the concert. Looking on is Ragad Kurdi (centre).

While Nisa skilfully played the violin, Choi showed off his vocal prowess.

He has just published an autobiography and is currently developing a second album.

Choi has performed worldwide including London with Paul Potts from the US and with Psy in his home country.

He has earned praise from international pop singer Justin Bieber and BoA for his performance.

Choi touched the audience with his soulful singing of The Prayer and impressed everyone when he sang it in Bahasa Malaysia.

He alternately sang in his native Korean language and English.

Meanwhile, 56 musicians from SNYSB performed several soothing and fun pieces including one musical score from the movie Chess.

The musical ensemble, led by founder Michael Booty, had performed in Kuching along with SainsKu Winds and Nisa Addina in 2012.

The youths have performed twice at the Royal Albert Hall, toured Europe on many occasions and five times in Germany as well as South-East Asia including Singapore and Thailand.

They have helped raise thousands of pounds for charities and perform up to 30 concerts each year.

All musicians took the stage once again at the end of the concert to perform a harmonious tune before the show ended.

Among the guests who attended the charity concert were Sarawak head of state Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib as well as the Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who came to support his wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu, the trustee for SHF.

In her welcoming speech at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Saturday night, Jamilah said the SHF had assisted in the purchase of heart-related equipment to upgrade the cardiac unit in the state’s community hospital.

Over the years, the foundation has donated over RM10mil worth of equipment.

“The donations have not only benefitted the patients directly but also raised the stature of our Sarawak Heart Centre to the forefront of the treatment of heart-related diseases,” she said.

She said the Heart Centre was now being designated as a training hub for the running of the Fellowship Programme of Cardiothoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Jamilah also invited the public to join the foundation’s next event, Walk-A-Mile, which will be held in conjunction with World Heart Day 2016 next month at Stutong Park.


Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/08/31/feast-for-the-ears-renditions-by-popular-artistes-and-orchestras-help-foundation-raise-funds/


Hundreds attend ‘The Sounds of Music 2.0’

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

Guests-of-honour and special guests pose with performers (in the background). -Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi


KUCHING: Hundreds of people from all walks of life had a delightful night at a charity concert – ‘The Sounds of Music 2.0’ – held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching last Saturday.

Award-winning band SM Sains Kuching Wind Orchestra (Sainsku Winds) kicked off the event by performing five pieces of music in a row.

The band won a gold medal, two ‘Most Improved Orchestra’ awards and the Division Two Championship at the 2009 National Wind Orchestra Festival.

After that, internationally-acclaimed violinist Nisa Addina Taufik, who won the Junior Grand Champion Instrumentalist at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, USA in 2011, staged a solo performance.

Nisa, who has showcased her talent in Paris, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, then had a joint performance with South Korean artiste Choi Sung Bong.

The duo awed the audience with two songs – ‘Getaran Jiwa’ and ‘I Pray’. Many could not help but bring their hands together for Choi as he presented the Malay song.

Choi was the first runner-up in Korea’s Got Talent 2011. He has performed with Paul Potts in London and recently with Psy in South Korea.

He also had a solo performance that night before the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band featuring Nisa took over the stage.

Formed by Michael Booty in 1974, the world-renowned band performs up to 30 concerts on an annual basis.

They have toured Germany five times and Southeast Asia including Singapore, Borneo and Thailand in Aug 2008.

Notably, the band successfully performed in a landmark concert here together with Sainsku Wind Orchestra featuring Nisa in 2012 when the charity event raised RM1 million.

Thanks to the success of ‘The Sounds of Music 1.0’, two halfway houses were created for rural folks accompanying their family members to receive treatment at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Sarawak Heart Centre.

In acknowledging the support of all, co-organising chairperson Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu said the charity concert would not be a success without generous donations and individuals who were present.

The Sarawak Heart Foundation, she said, was initially to sponsor heart patients who were financially constrained for treatment in Singapore.

It also engaged heart specialists from Singapore to treat heart patients in Sarawak, added the chief minister’s wife.

“With the setting up of the Cardiac Unit at SGH in 2001, the foundation then turned its focus to educating the public on the dangers of heart diseases and its prevention.”

Jamilah disclosed that the foundation has donated more than RM10 million worth of equipment to upgrade the cardiac unit over the years.

The donations, she said, had benefitted the patients directly besides raising the stature of Sarawak Heart Centre to the forefront of the treatment of heart-related diseases.

“Tonight (Saturday), I am happy to tell you that the foundation’s efforts all these years have added another feather to its cap. The Sarawak Heart Centre is being designated as a training centre for the running of the Fellowship Programme of Cardiothoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.”

She termed this as a major milestone for the centre.

She also thanked caring citizens and corporations such as Plaza Merdeka Holdings Sdn Bhd as well as the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, Sainsku Winds, Nisa and Choi for bringing the concert to city dwellers.

Before concluding her speech, Jamilah took the opportunity to invite all to the foundation’s next event ‘Walk-A-Mile’ to be held at Stutong Park here in conjunction with World Heart Day 2016 next month.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib were the guests of honour.

Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani and State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.


Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/08/29/hundreds-attend-the-sounds-of-music-2-0/