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Young Cancer Patients On Board a Music and Art Journey

Young Cancer Patients On Board a Music and Art Journey

Image 1: Participants were taken through a musical journey and art experience at the Keppel Centre for Art Education at National Gallery Singapore.

SINGAPORE, MAY 18, 2018 – Young cancer patients and their mothers were treated to a musical journey and art experience last Friday jointly organised by British Airways, Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series, the Red Pencil and LOVE, NILS for the very first time.

Held at the Keppel Centre for Art Education at National Gallery Singapore, musicians from the TTK Grand Series took participants through the poetic world of Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, providing listeners a range of expressive themes that evoke a sense of introspection and reverie. The participants were then encouraged to externalize their musical imagination into their own artwork based on the unique melodies of each instrument comprising of the clarinet, first violin, second violin, viola and cello.

Image 2: Musicians from the Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series performed the Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet that took participants on a musical journey featuring tonal hues and lush textures. Musicians from left: Danial Chong (violinist), Tang Tee Khoon (violinist), Florent Héue (clarinetist), Jessica Thompson (violist), Giovanni Gnochhi (cellist).

“I can only imagine how much lighter in weight the children and mothers feel, from just one hour of music and art,” said Tang Tee Khoon, a violinist. “I’ll like to thank everyone who made our event possible for these children and mothers.  I do hope this is the start of what could be possible in the future.  Creating experiences and a time where we can allow those going through difficulty, to forget about the load, but just enjoy a beauty the world can provide.”

The Red Pencil coordinated the presence of an arts therapist and arts therapy student interns from the LASALLE College of the Arts MA programme to facilitate the art exercise. A range of materials from feathers, buttons, ribbons and more, were provided to allow room for creativity and expression.

Image 3: Art therapist & Art For Good Founder Amanda Chen together with participants during the art exercise.

Founder of Art For Good Amanda Chen, who works with Red Pencil said: “Arts therapy (Visual Art, Music & Dance) is scientifically proven to have a positive impact on an individual’s physical and mental well-being. The combination of two of these elements, visual-art making and music, will evoke emotions through sensory means, making a unique and special experience for the participants! Thank you Tee Khoon, British Airways and the Red Pencil for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a meaningful event.”

Images 4, 5 (left and right): Young participants were given a selection of art materials to explore the various tactile objects and colours to express their creativity.