Singapore Choral Festival: 50 Songs for Singapore

To celebrate Singapore's progress of 50 years, the inaugural Singapore Choral Festival brings together 600 local choristers who will perform for over 2000 audiences, making it one of the biggest choral festivals organised.

 

As part of the national celebrations, a total of 3 concerts will be performed. These concerts will feature 50 innovative and different local choral compositions and arrangements by Singapore’s finest composers. These works include newly commissioned works and arrangements of Singapore folk songs such as “Dayong Sampan”, 新谣 (Xīn Yáo), 天冷就回来" , "一步一步来", and popular National Day songs such as "Home".

 

Do come and join us in our singing celebrations!

 

 

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Take a look at our programme!

7th August

Victoria Concert Hall

7.30pm

$20

 

 

 

8th August

Victoria Concert Hall

2.30pm

$20

8th August

Victoria Concert Hall

7.30pm

$20

Schools who wish to utilise TOTE board arts funds can download the attached PDF link. 

 

 

 

 

There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools,

and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools.

Commissioned Piece - Singapura, Singapura by Phoon Yew Tian

 

The piece "Singapura, Singapura" is commissioned by the inaugural Singapore Choral Festival in conjunction with the SG50 celebration.

This a cappella piece consists of an introduction and a repeated section with two simple melodies, with part of the melodic motif derived from the well-kown Singapore folksong - SINGAPURA. The idea of using the word SINGAPURA. The idea of using the word SINGAPURA as the main and almost only text was inspired by part of the motet by Mozart - ALLELUIA

 

Mozart's sacred work was in praise of God, whereas SINGAPURA is in praise of our homeland - Singapore.

 

Commissioned Piece - Irama Belia SG50 by Zechariah Goh Toh Chai

 

This choral piece will showcase ethinic music of Singapore such as the Indian Carnatic chant(non-religious), Malay folk songs and dance music, Chinese tunes and nursery rhymes.

 

The Choirs will take turn to sing these songs but will eventually come together to sing a new setting of Irama Belia (Rhythm of Youth) based loosely on an eariler work. This song talks about the vitality and youthful spirit of a young Singapore, having achieved 50 years of nation building and looking forward to many fantastic decades ahead. 

 

Composers, Conductors and Choirs Performing

Listen to the NUS Choir sing Home abridged vers. (arr. Benedict Goh)

The full version will be premiered at the festival.

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