Malaysian Birmingham Conservatoire graduates to host fundraising concert for future students

A fundraising concert featuring graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire is set to support a new generation of talent who want to study in the Second City.

The performance on July 30th at the Bentley Music Academy in Petaling Jaya will feature Malaysian musicians and will help raise money for performers who want to follow in their footsteps.

Bernard Tan

Bernard Tan

The Birmingham Conservatoire Benevolent Fund Concert will feature pianists Bernard Tan and Ken Lim, as well as violinist Chin Shi Ling. Also performing will be bass-baritone and choral conductor Mak Chi Hoe, soprano Ho Chi Mei, mezzo-soprano Yi Ling Chaing and soprano Bui Yik Ling.

The fund has been setup to help pay living expenses and other musical training activities and was the brainchild of pianist Jeanette Wong, who will also be playing at the concert.

“Coming from a humble background, I was faced with huge financial difficulties during my postgraduate year after having exhausted both my parents’ support and a personal student loan from Malaysia following my previous undergraduate studies,” she said.

“Seeing some of the students from a similar background having to work part time, I wanted to help, so that these talented musicians can spend their time in Birmingham doing what they set out to do all the time instead.

“I was delighted that a whole host of former students wanted to help me too, and the fund and charity concert came together rather quickly as a result of their passion for Birmingham Conservatoire and Malaysia’s emerging musical talent.”

Other performers include Eddy Lim and his band Jazz Voyager, as well as Taiwanese alumni Peng I-Hsuan and Liao Pei-Chun.

The Birmingham Conservatoire will move to a new £57million state-of-the-art city centre home later this year.

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