Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim, Kym Ng, Pan Lingling take on piano battle to raise funds

Coin-operated instrument demands extra coordination from actresses

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Photos: Camelia Ting
Video: Zhang Jiahao

For the Lions Charity Show 2016, to be televised on January 24 on Channel 8, local actresses Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim, Kym Ng and Pan Lingling will be putting up a musical performance, a piano battle against four schoolchildren aged 7 to 9.

But instead of the standard uprights or grands, the quartet will be duelling on a custom-made instrument specially flown in from Taiwan, a coin-operated appliance that sounds a note only when change is slotted into it at the correct spot.

“This is different from the pianos we play by striking the keys,” Kym said. “Through slotting in coins to play music, we hope to encourage the audience to donate generously.”

The unique item will consist of three tunes, one of which is quite tough, according to Zoe. “We’ll leave it to Rebecca to handle it — she knows piano so she’ll be fine,” she said.

Unlike the others, the Queen of Caldecott Hill said she has no knowledge of or background in music, so the performance will demand extra coordination among the four actresses. Kym said, “The rest of us have to pay attention to when it’s our turn to slot in coins and fill in for Zoe if she messes up!”

Zoe shot back, “I’ll go for music remedial classes, and during the show you’d better not make any mistakes!”

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The first large-scale charity programme of the year, the Lions Charity Show 2016 will be held at The Theatre @ Mediacorp at 1 Stars Avenue. The event will bring together senior citizens, local stars and international celebrities in a bid to raise $3.7 million for the Lions Befrienders and the Lions Home for the Elders, with the bulk of the beneficiaries being members of the Pioneer Generation.

Local performers will be divided into two teams — with Lee Teng and Pornsak as leaders — to compete in terms of how much they can raise, while international artistes can pick which team to pledge their items to.

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