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Singapore Airlines Celebrates 50 Years with Mini Concert in The Sky

April 7, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

On Wednesday 5 April, Singapore Airlines marked 50 years of service to Australia with a surprise performance by members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) at 39,000 feet.

On the most modern aircraft in the sky, the Airbus A350-900, Singapore Airlines rolled back the clock to provide customers travelling on SQ226 from Perth to Singapore with an inflight entertainment experience reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s.

The A350-900, which boasts Singapore Airlines’ latest cabin products and inflight entertainment system, played host to a mini orchestra that featured WASO Concertmaster Laurence Jackson, Zak Rowntree (Principal 2nd Violin), Alex Brogan (Associate Principal Viola), Louise McKay (Associate Principal Cello), Eve Silver (Cello), Allan Meyer (Principal Clarinet), David Evans (Principal Horn), and Adam Mikulicz (Associate Principal Bassoon).

The octet, who swapped the stage for the aisles of Business, Premium Economy and Economy class for the day, performed a short excerpt from Franz Schubert’s Octet in F major D803.

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President Mr Tan Tiow Kor said the performance was a unique way to mark the special occasion.

“We wanted to do something a little different, something that would delight and surprise our customers,” Mr Tan said.

“Thanks to our partners at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, we were able to achieve that with a special mini concert in the sky.

“When we first started flying to Australia 50 years ago, there was no inflight entertainment system. To entertain the passengers, some flights would have a small group of musicians play music to pass the time.

“The surprise mini concert today was a small tribute to our history as well as a way to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our customers.”

WASO CEO Craig Whitehead said they were delighted to be able to help celebrate Singapore Airlines 50th anniversary in such a unique and exciting way.

“When Singapore Airlines approached us with the idea, we thought it was a brilliant way to pay tribute to the past and celebrate the historic milestone,” Craig Whitehead said.

“We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Singapore Airlines over the past five years and we are delighted to have been able to help them celebrate this momentous occasion in such a special way.”

The onboard performance capped a day of celebrations that saw every passenger departing Australia on a Singapore Airlines flight receive a specially-designed box of chocolates from the Margaret River Chocolate Company. Those travelling from Sydney and Perth were also treated to celebrations at the boarding gate prior to departure.

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