I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his wife as they were Guests of Honor years ago at my old school MGS (Methodist Girls' School as Mrs Lee had also attended the school) Founders Day Dinner gala that was held at the Shangrila Hotel. I was asked to play for this event and choose a piece by Elgar aptly named Salut D¹amour which means hello with love and dedicated my performance to both Mr and Mrs Lee with love. After my performance, LKY walked across the entire Ballroom just to shake my hand and thank me for my dedication. I will always treasure this moment in my performance career.
With the news of his passing, I mourned the loss so deeply that after Singapore Symphony Orchestra's performance on Saturday night of Mahler's last symphony 9 which was also dedicated to Mr Lee, I had an outpouring of emotions.
On Sunday, I lead our strings to perform Samuel Barber's Adagio and Bach Air for the arrival of his casket on stage during his funeral service and I had to keep myself from breaking down. I played every note from my heart with the utmost respect and love for him for building Singapore to be a success through his vision and passion.
He was the greatest most brilliant leader ever. We are all truly proud to be citizens of Singapore because of him.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
This above tribute is contributed by Ms. Lynnette Seah, Co-Concertmaster SSO, Singapore Symphony Orchestra