Siong Leng Musical Association

Siong Leng Musical Association, Singapore: Hours, Address, Siong Leng Musical Association Reviews: 5/5

Siong Leng Musical Association

Siong Leng Musical Association
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Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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mako_9
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
i have brought 26 students for work shop!
Jan 2017 • Business
Great experience for both teachers and students. Staffs are all so friendly and attentive and students dose not want to leave!!. They enjoyed so much. Thank you for all. See you again in next work shop.
Written February 9, 2017
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IrmaV
Knoxville, TN126 contributions
Fascinating and amazingly accessible
Dec 2016 • Friends
With no formal musical background and very little exposure to East Asian music, I could never have predicted how absorbing a visit to the Sion Leng Musical Association would be. Enthusiastic young people are reviving an ancient tradition with verve, skill, and dedication. We saw 1000 year old musical notation, tasted tea brewed to resonate with the music, tried our hand at instruments, and heard a classical composition on Running Horses that actually did transport you to a plain of running horses. In the relentless pursuit of shinny new things in Singapore, Sion Leng is refreshing and valuable. Families would enjoy it. Also, the location, on a quiet street with cafes, close to the MRT, makes for a lovely afternoon.
Written January 19, 2017
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Sunny L
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
My experience with Siong Leng Musical Association
Dec 2016 • Friends
I was fortunate to be invited to attend a Nan Ying music workshop hosted by Siong Leng Musical Association. Although I am Chinese, my knowledge of chinese language and music is what my friend term Chinese Limited. I failed my chinese in school and much more comfortable with music of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon than Nan Ying which I had no idea what it was. I had a last minute invite and it turn out to be quite a blessing for me. It was a blessing because it is one of the few occasion in my life where I have had experience with a place so rich in heritage.

The tour of the museum was conducted by a young lady who I later discovered to be a musician playing the Pipa. She was comfortable explaining the history of the Nan Ying music as well as Siong Leng in English so it was great for me as put me at ease that I would not be lost if it has only been done only in mandarin. I was also able to validate some of my limited chinese terms with her as explains about some of the tradditions and heritage is associated with the music and art form.

Following the tour of the museum was a performance of Nan Yin music. Two things surprised me. One was the slow, simple and elegant melodies that was performed which I was not expecting. Sounded a bit like New Age music to me, perhaps some New Age music were rehash some of these old melody and marketed them as New Age music. The other was the age of the performers. Instead of elderly folks which I typically find with Chinese Opera, these performers were very much young adults who took interest in the art form and learn it very well. It was intended heartening for me to see this youngsters showing interest in this ancient art form and taking it to a very good and professional standard (or at least by my standards). It is definitely worth a visit to this place if one is interested into exploring an old ancient art form, exploring parts of Chinatown that is truly chinese and not the shops and for the Singapore, exploration into our own heritage.
Written December 31, 2016
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Victor Y
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
One of the best kept secrets in Singapore
Dec 2016 • Friends
Siong Leng is one of the 3 local Nanyin (translated as Southern sounds or music) groups in Singapore promoting this ancient arts. Music that is said to go all the way back to Han and Tang Dynasty, this music & song was brought by the folks from Fujian to South East Asia or wherever they are Hokkiens or people from south Fujian. At the Siong Leng museum, you can get to know the history of this group since 1941. Today, there is a group of younger members performing this ancient art. It has to be seen and heard to appreciate a music and song that has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage. Each year, during the festival days of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy), the group would perform in the courtyard of Thian Hock Keng (temple at Telok Ayer St) at 8pm, which it has done so continuously since 1948.
Written December 19, 2016
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