SSO Announces The HEAD Foundation Cello Chair


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SSO Names Second Endowed Chair Following Major Gift from The HEAD Foundation

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) received a generous gift from The HEAD Foundation this month.

In recognition of the donation, the orchestra is naming its Principal Cello “The HEAD Foundation Chair”. The position of Principal Cello is held by Ng Pei-Sian, who joined the SSO in 2010.

This is the second named chair in the history of the SSO. The first, the GK Goh Concertmaster Chair is named after Mr Goh Geok Khim and was established in July 2017 with a major gift from friends and family to mark Mr Goh’s 85th birthday that year.

Foundation Gift Will Help Sustain the Orchestra

Said Mr Ho Swee Huat, the Foundation’s Chairman, “The HEAD Foundation is delighted to support the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in its mission to bring good music to audiences in Singapore and abroad. The Principal Cello Chair is a key position in the orchestra, and with our support, we hope that more people will appreciate the eloquent sound of the cello and the important role it plays in the orchestra.”

The donation will be directed to the SSO’s Endowment Fund to help build long-term financial security for the orchestra. In common with symphony orchestras around the world, the SSO relies on a combination of public grants, private donations and investment income to supplement ticket sales in meeting its operating costs.

“This is a wonderful 40th birthday gift for the SSO,” said Chairman of the Singapore Symphony Group, Mr Goh Yew Lin. “The SSO has grown steadily into one of the finest orchestras in Asia, but it needs the generous support of philanthropists like The HEAD Foundation to ensure that it can continue to excel and to thrill Singapore audiences for decades to come.”

The HEAD Foundation is proud to support Singapore’s national orchestra as it continues to deliver world-class performances!

Click here to read SSO’s official announcement.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.