My City: Joshua Kangming Tan
The perfect day in Singapore for the conductor of the Singapore Lyric Opera.
What’s happening with classical music in Singapore right now? It’s definitely a more exciting scene compared to a couple of years ago. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has undoubtedly improved. There are more concerts given by returning music graduates and groups such as the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra of Music Makers. Since the opening of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, the music scene here has become more vibrant. However, one major problem that has not changed is that audiences here do not have any opportunities to listen to other major professional orchestras. There is only the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and you hardly get any other orchestras coming here to perform unlike in other cities such as New York, Tokyo or even Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai.
There are some promising up and coming talents to look out for. Can you name some of your favorite local musical talents? Melvyn Tan and Kam Ning. They’re both wonderful musicians.
Where are some of your favorite hangouts here? I’m a caffeine junkie and I like going to places such as Percolate (136 Bedok North Ave. 3, 8259-0316, S(460136)).
What’s your fondest memory of growing up in Singapore? Playing football every weekday with my schoolmates.
My Perfect Day
10:30am - Have coffee at Percolate.
This place has the most consistent and best tasting coffee thanks to the owner Alvin Tan, who is always there.
12:30pm - Grab a delicious Thai lunch.
If I feel like having some great Thai food, Nakhon Kitchen (136 Bedok North Ave. 3, 6245-5548, S(460136)) is just a couple of doors away from Percolate.
6pm - Relax with a massage at Fortune Centre.
For a decent massage, I’ll usually head down to HealthFit Massage (#02-24 Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Rd., S(188979)).
8pm - Pop by Liang Seah Street for dinner.
There are a number of restaurants that I like and one is Fat Bird (16 Liang Seah St., 6337-0612, S(189037)—it has a great chicken hot pot dish.
10pm - Have drinks with a view
1-Altitude (1 Raffles Place, 6438-0410, S(048616)) is good for unparalleled views of the city.