Singapore, 26 May 2023 – The concept of healing is all too familiar for Misha Paule Tan, a Sing’theatre actress and singer who recently made her professional debut on the musical theatre scene. She was a nurse at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) who cared for patients in an acute medical ward for three years before she took a leap of faith to pursue her dream of performing in the arts.
Now, Misha has returned to her former stomping ground, bringing with her the healing power of music. She belted out her set list of Disney songs in the SGH Campus as part of the 10th MusicFest@SGH which returned to the hospital after taking a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Misha Paule Tan, a Former SGH Nurse, singing at National Cancer Center Singapore (NCCS) Level 2.
“We are really excited to bring back MusicFest@SGH as there is nothing like music to lighten one’s mood, reduce anxiety and stress, and drive the blues away,” said Ms Mumtaj Ibrahim, Senior Manager, Community Relations.
“On this day, the SGH Campus is transformed into a huge arts venue where individuals from different stations come together to create a festival-like atmosphere through their performance. This year’s event is made extra special as it marks a decade of our collaboration with Sing’theatre and we look forward to more exciting possibilities in future.”
Those on SGH Campus got to be part of the amazing experience as close to 300 performers, comprised of professional and amateur artistes, students, and clients of non-profit voluntary welfare organisations put up over 70 free live performances throughout the day from 10.30am. Some courageous individuals also grabbed the opportunity to sing at two open mic sessions at SGH.
A member of the public singing at SGH Block 4, during the open mic session.
The live music event will culminate in a tribute to ABBA at the Concert Finale tonight at 7pm, at SGH Deck on 9 with performances by local celebrities such as Irene Ang and Ebi Shankara. Her Excellency Ms Minh-di Tang, Ambassador of France to Singapore, is the Guest-of-Honour.
MusicFest@SGH is produced by Sing’theatre in collaboration with SGH’s Arts For Health Programme. This initiative aims to uplift patients’ spirit, serve as a respite for caregivers, and provide support and appreciation for healthcare workers.
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Annex A – Additional Photos
The Ang Mo Kio Family Services Center (AMKFSC) Choir, an ensemble of senior residences from Ang Mo Kio, singing their hearts out at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) Healing Garden.
The Sampaguitas, a passionate group of female foreign domestic helpers, performing outside of SGH’s Specialist Outpatient Clinic(SOC).
The Singapore of Visually Handicapped (SAVH) singing group performing at SGH Block 4.
Annex B – List of Selected Performers
Misha Paule Tan
Misha is a local singer and actress, who was trained under Sing' theatre Academy and Singapore Repertory Theatre's Young Company. She is dedicated to using her voice for the unheard and create a place for individuals to feel at home with themselves.
SAVH (Singapore of the Visually Handicapped)
The SAVH Singing Group is a talented ensemble of visually impaired singers. Led by Ms Angelina Choo, choir master for Sing’theatre’s community choirs, they have prepared a range of favourite old songs. Through their performances, they aim to showcase the power of music and its positive impact on people's lives, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities.
AMKFSC (Ang Mo Kio Family Services Centre)
The AMKFSC Choir was formed to promote active living and mental well-being of the elderly residents through singing. The choir presented diverse repertoire of popular oldies that brings audiences back time.
Their love for singing brought the group of female foreign domestic helpers, mainly from the Philippines, together to establish Sampaguitas, which means “I promise you”. They will captivate audiences through the art of acapella, and their coordinated dance moves to showcase their diverse backgrounds and cultures.
365 Cancer Prevention Society
A group of cancer survivors from 365 Cancer Prevention Society, led by local singer-songwriter Lin Si Tong, sung and played all-time favourite tunes on the ukulele. They presented their best performances to encourage patients to bravely overcome the challenges they face.