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Drumming in the Lunar New Year with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra

January 2017 │ Singapore

Deutsche Bank employees displayed their prowess on the drums, and other instruments, as they performed alongside the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) for charity partners and beneficiaries. The event ushered in the Chinese New Year at the bank’s offices in Singapore as a part of the Deutsche Bank Lunchtime Concert Series.

The SCO is Singapore's only professional Chinese orchestra and has performed at prestigious concerts in Europe and Asia. Aside from preserving traditional Chinese arts and culture, the group has successfully incorporated exotic Southeast Asian cultural forms as part of its repertoire. Deutsche Bank has been a long standing partner of SCO as a part of its Born to Be music programme.

The performances drew a lively crowd at the lobby, consisting not just of Deutsche Bank staff but also passersby and other tenants in the building. The orchestra kept the audience entertained playing various pieces from traditional Chinese to medley, and popular tunes.

Alongside the musical performances, a marketplace provided the opportunity for staff and guests to do their Chinese New Year shopping while supporting various charities and social enterprises. The stalls were manned by charity partners, including Flour Power – a social bakery, Dignity Kitchen – our Made for Good partner, Bizlink Centre Singapore Ltd, TOUCH Community Services and Yong-En Care Centre.

A lunch reception was later hosted by the bank for the beneficiaries and the musicians, where - as per Chinese tradition - mandarin oranges, symbols of abundance and good fortune, were given out to the guests.

Chinese New Year is a major Chinese holiday and celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & Mauritius.

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