“We are the music-makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.” - Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Ode
The Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) is a volunteer orchestra in every sense of the word – not only is it managed by young volunteers pursuing orchestral experience purely for the love of it, it also seeks to pursue philanthropy through music. To date, it has raised more than S$300,000 for various causes such as the President’s Challenge, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Children’s Cancer Foundation. OMM was recently granted Institution of Public Character (IPC) status in Singapore, enabling the orchestra further contribute to society.
Averaging at 23 years of age, OMM’s 140 members are emblems of Singapore’s maturing volunteer instrumentalists, most of who are pursuing careers in diverse areas outside of music. Driven by a common passion for classical music, the group brought their skills (musical and otherwise) together and formed the Orchestra in 2008 with the help of their mentor, Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law, Associate Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Just a year after its inaugural concert season, the orchestra was named the recipient of the HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence. A year later, the Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony earned itself international acclaim in notable journals such as The Gramophone (UK), Mostly Classic (Japan), American Record Guide and Fanfare (USA). The Orchestra subsequently released a CD recording of the concert which garnered similarly excellent reviews. Furthermore, Singapore Airlines’ has selected it for its KrisWorld in-flight classical music selection.
OMM has recently performed at various music festivals, including the Singapore Arts Festival 2012, appearing with cellist Qin Liwei, and the Cheltenham Music Festival (UK) with pianist Melvyn Tan.