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Focus on Australia-Singapore relationship bears fruit for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has signed a significant four-year partnership with the Singapore Symphony Group that will lead to joint orchestral performances, collaborations, exchange and concerts in both countries.

Witnessing the signing of the MoU in Melbourne, Minister for Communications and the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield welcomed the partnership as significant for both nations: ‘This new connection with Singapore between the MSO and the Singapore Symphony Group arose out of formal talks on arts and culture over the past three years. It gives Australian musicians the opportunity to collaborate with international peers and reach a broader audience in the region. Partnerships such as these are vital to strengthening and growing Australia’s arts and culture sector’

The relationship between Australia and Singapore was formalised with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture in June 2015 and the establishment of the Australia-Singapore Arts Group to help identify and facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and relationship-building.

MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the partnership is significant for the cultural sectors of both countries: ‘Our shared mission is to inspire and engage audiences worldwide. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is proud to enter into this partnership with the Singapore Symphony Group.’

Chng Hak‑Peng, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Symphony Group, said the SSG is committed to nurturing talent and enriching our communities, commenting: ‘We are excited about this opportunity to share music-making and knowledge with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.’