Arts Housing Programme
Administrative spaces are often a challenge for arts groups as affordable rentals can be hard to come by. Under the Arts Support Framework‘s Arts Housing Programme, the Centre offers office spaces within our premises in the Central Business District for arts companies, associations, and societies with an interest in Chinese Singaporean culture. By coming together under one roof, these arts groups can also find opportunities to collaborate with the Centre and each other.
The current tenants are Drum Feng, Nam Hwa Opera, and The TENG Company.
Our Art Tenants
Officially established in 2019 as a non-profit organisation, Drum Feng is a Singapore-based percussion ensemble group that specializes in both traditional Chinese percussion music pieces and cross-genre work. Drum Feng aspires to Redefine and Reinvent Chinese Percussion to stay connectable and relevant to the modern-day 21st century audience. They continuously seek to integrate their drumming philosophy in all of their works with the hopes to educate, inspire, engage, entertain – all in all, to share their passion for drumming as a performing art in Singapore.
In 2017, Drum Feng participated in their first-ever music competition at the Nanyang International Music Competition under the “Non-Professional Open Category” and won the Gold Award, finishing 3rd overall. The group also collaborated with Warner Brothers Pictures and famed music composer, Harry Gregson-Williams to produce and record movie soundtracks for the Hollywood Blockbuster movie, “The Meg” in 2018.
The members strive to contribute to Singapore’s Chinese Arts scene through their Chinese-fusion percussion performance and open opportunities for the 21st century audience to rediscover this unique and timeless performing art.
Nam Hwa Opera (NHO)
Founded in 1963 by avid fans of Teochew opera, Nam Hwa Opera (NHO) has grown into one of Singapore’s most prominent and prolific Teochew opera companies. NHO’s mission is to preserve, develop, and promote traditional Teochew opera as an important heritage of Singapore. NHO is also home to the Nam Hwa Teochew Music Ensemble.
Some of their popular performances include Prosecuting the Husband《告亲夫》and Lady Liu Ming Zhu《刘明珠》, An Evening of Teochew Music 《潮音潮曲：名曲名段专场晚会》, and Nam Hwa Blazes《万紫千红》. NHO is also involved in community outreach, performing at community centres, hospitals, and daycare centres.
A non-profit company since 2015 with Charity and Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status, NHO is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020. NHO strives to attract and nurture local performers and musicians to ensure the preservation and continuation of the traditional art form.
The TENG Company
The TENG Company is a not-for-profit arts company, charity and Institution of Public Character incorporated in Singapore. As a leading Singaporean music company, it aims to contribute to a Singaporean sound that is current, innovative, visionary, urban, and guided by Asian aesthetics.
Founded in 2004, the company comprises a collective of music educators, scholars, and award-winning instrumentalists. TENG’s eclectic works draw inspiration from Singapore’s multi-cultural landscape and a desire to keep the past alive in the present. The company is currently divided into three core pillars: Performance, Academy, and Research.
The TENG Ensemble’s performances on stage, television and radio have been a staple in Singapore’s arts scene for the past 10 years. They have performed at major events such as the Shanghai World Expo, the Youth Olympic Games, and the President’s Star Charity. At the 2015 National Day Rally, The TENG Ensemble was described by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as “creating something uniquely Singapore”. The TENG Company has received the support of the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021.
The company’s Academy Division nurtures musical interests through its Chinese instrumental grading programme and scholarships that mentor young musicians, while the company’s Research Division creates groundbreaking resources in English about Chinese instruments. In 2019, the Research Division is poised to publish The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra, a 600-page seminal work aimed at teaching composers around the world how to compose for Chinese instruments and how to innovate through instrumentation and orchestration.
The Ensemble actively gives back to the community through TENG Gives Back, a landmark programme conducted in collaboration with music therapists through which TENG musicians perform for Singapore’s elderly and infirm in their care homes, dialysis centres, hospitals, and hospices.