The Festival

Dear fellow Conductors and Choristers,

We are happy to invite you to the 7th Singapore International Choral Festival, held in the bustling modern metropolis of Singapore from 29 July – 2 August 2020. Over the five days, choristers will get to perform at some of the most emblematic, cultural and historical venues in Singapore and there is nothing better than choral music to bind a community and serve as a bridge between generations.

Under the artistic direction of Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Ms Jennifer Tham of Singapore, this festival brings together an international panel of choral clinicians to lend their experience and guidance to participants through their choral journey.

In addition to this, the festival has partnered with the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod, Bali International Choir Festival of Indonesia and the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival of Philippines to start the Asia Grand Prix of Choral Singing. Grand Prix winners of each festival will be invited to participate in the 2nd Asia Grand Prix of Choral Singing which will be hosted in rotation by the participating festivals.

With warmest regards,


Ms Lim Ai Hooi
Festival Director
Singapore International Choral Festival


Grand Prix

Grand Prix Finalists will be selected at the discretion of the jury, and will take place on 2 August 2020 at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Grand Prix Finalists will be ranked based on their performance and the choir with the highest average rank among the panel will be awarded Grand Prix Champion and a cash prize of SGD$5,000. The SICF Grand Prix Champion will also qualify for the 2nd Asia Grand Prix for Choral Singing to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2021. The champions of each of the following qualifying festivals will vie for the highest accolade in the Asian choral festival circuit: Singapore International Choral Festival, Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod, Bali International Choral Festival and the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.



Performance Venue

Esplanade Concert Hall (Grand Prix Venue)
Esplanade’s crown jewel seats 1,614 with another 197 seats in the gallery. The hall, boasts superb acoustics and is one of only five such halls in the world with similar state-of-the-art acoustic features. These include reverberation chambers and an acoustic canopy which adapts the hall for different musical performances, producing optimum sound at every concert.

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (Competition Venue)
The 600-seat concert hall is purpose-built for classical music performances, and is an ideal venue for chamber music as well as for symphony orchestra concerts. The narrower width of the seating area in the stalls creates an intimate feel, which opens up to embrace the curve of the stage. Sound reflectors above the stage allow the acoustic height of the room to be adjusted for different performances. 


About the City

About Singapore
Singapore is a huge tourist and business destination. As both play two of the largest roles in the Singaporean economy, every effort has been made to make every guest to this country comfortable and safe. Some of the rules and regulations implemented in Singapore are found nowhere else in the world so it’s a good idea to become acquainted with them before you step off the plane.