The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is one of the 10 orchestras to be nominated for the Orchestra of the Year at the 2021 Gramophone Classical Music Awards. Among the 10 nominees, the SSO is the only Asian orchestra to be vying for the prestigious award. In past years, the award has been snagged by the likes of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony.
SSO Chief Executive Officer Chng Hak-Peng says: “In a year when our international fans were not able to travel to Singapore to hear us, we are thrilled that our releases kept us connected globally through music. The musicians of the SSO are proud to represent Singapore in the international arena, even as we continue to keep the music going as artistic life resumes in the city.”
The winner will be announced on 5 October at the 2021 Gramophone Classical Music Awards in Britain, the only award to be determined by public voting. Users can visit Gramophone’s website from 1 July (7 PM) to 13 September (3 PM) to cast their votes for the SSO here.
The SSO has been influential in the local arts scene and advocating the celebration of classical music since its establishment in 1979. Known for its orchestral virtuosity, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for its trademark performances, along with a wide catalogue of recordings and releases which includes more than 30 albums since 1984.