Songs of Kindness Fill the United Square Shopping Mall Atrium

September 22, 2014

Singapore, 22 September 2014 — Over 200 people, including supportive families and friends, gathered at the United Square Shopping Mall Atrium last Saturday to cheer on the finalists of Melody of Hope, a song-writing showcase for young people initiated by the Singapore Kindness Movement.

The inaugural Melody of Hope challenged aspiring young musicians to push their musical boundaries while creating songs that give thought to kindness and graciousness. Participants had to compose their songs around the theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”. After a round of online voting in July, 15 participants progressed to the Grand Finale, taking the stage to perform their pieces for the public this afternoon. The day’s programme also featured guest performances by local singer-songwriters Christina Wang, Dominic from Char Siew Baos, Alarice Thio, and Lorraine Tan.

Those in attendance could help to decide the winners with voting made open to the public. With the depth of performances delivered, there were no easy choices. After a close finish, Tammie Lim from Tanjong Katong Girls School rose to the challenge to sweep the “Kindness Song of the Year” category at the inaugural Melody of Hope.

“It’s an exciting competition format with a meaningful twist, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this song writing competition.,” shared Tammie Lim, whose original composition “Post-Its” won over the judges with its inspiring lyrics and quirky ukulele accompaniment. “I’m really happy to be able to help spread the message of kindness through in my own way. I hope the songs and performances from all the participants can encourage everyone to do their part to create a kinder and better Singapore.”

Mentors Alex Tan Sing, Alarice Thio, Crystal Goh, Vanessa Faith, and Ryan Hess guided the student finalists through the early stages of the competition. Under their tutelage, the students were encouraged to dig deeper into their own repertoire and picked up useful performing tips from seasoned professionals. Alarice Thio said, “I was very impressed with the students’ hunger for learning and their strong passion for music. Music is such a powerful and evocative medium to bring across important messages, and Melody of Hope is a fantastic platform for the younger generation to do so.”

Dr. William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, said, “This is our first year organizing Melody of Hope and our young students have created beautiful songs that share the message of kindness. We are constantly finding new ways to engage the younger generation and music is one such platform. Many of the participants picked up on the idea that a little bit of kindness and love can go a long way. Indeed, it does not take much to smile or to lend a helping hand, and I hope all of us can start with these little things to help build a nation of kindness. ”

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