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

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Nelson Kwei - Artistic Director

Nelson Kwei - Artistic Director

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm with The Vocal Consort Chamber, NUS Choir, Combine JC Choir 8th August 2.30pm Coro di Signori, Combine Sec. School Choir 8th August 7.30pm National Youth Choir (Singapore), Victoria Junior College, Victoria Chorale

National University Singapore Choir

National University Singapore Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Foong Hak Luen - Festival Director

Foong Hak Luen - Festival Director

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm with The Vocal Consort Chamber, Combine JC Choir 8th August 2.30pm with Coro di Signori, Combine Sec School Mixed Choir

Coro Di Signori

Coro Di Signori

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Zechariah Goh

Zechariah Goh

Composer - Irama Belia SG50

Phoon Yew Tien

Phoon Yew Tien

Composer - Singapura, Singapura

Jennifer Tham

Jennifer Tham

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm with Combine Sec School SSA Choir 8th August 2.30pm with SYC Ensemble Singers

SYC Ensemble Singers

SYC Ensemble Singers

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Lim Ai Hooi

Lim Ai Hooi

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm with One Chamber Choir

ONE Chamber

ONE Chamber

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Nan Hua High Choir

Nan Hua High Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Wu Jie

Wu Jie

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm with M.N.X.Y. Chorus

M.N.X.Y. Choir

M.N.X.Y. Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Benedict Goh

Benedict Goh

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm Combine Pri School Choir, The Vocal Consort Chamber 8th August 2.30pm with Coro di Signori 8th August 7.30pm Combine Pri School Choir

Canberra Primary School Choir

Canberra Primary School Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Adyll Hardy

Adyll Hardy

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm with The Graduate Singers & Serangoon Junior College

The Graduate Singers

The Graduate Singers

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Metro Philharmonic Society

Metro Philharmonic Society

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Bedok South Secondary Choir

Bedok South Secondary Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Victoria School Choir

Victoria School Choir

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Victoria Junior College Choir

Victoria Junior College Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

The Vocal Consort Chamber

The Vocal Consort Chamber

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Temasek JC IP Choir

Temasek JC IP Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Tampines JC

Tampines JC

Lim Huimin

Lim Huimin

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm with Combine Sec School SSA Choir

St Andrew's JC Choir

St Andrew's JC Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

South View Primary School Choir

South View Primary School Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Lim Bee Na

Lim Bee Na

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm with Combine Pri School Choir

Raffles Girls Primary School Choir

Raffles Girls Primary School Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Queensway Sec

Queensway Sec

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Punggol Sec

Punggol Sec

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Lim Tiong Kiang

Lim Tiong Kiang

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm with One Chamber Choir

National Youth Choir

National Youth Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

John Joon

John Joon

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm with Metro-Philharmonic Society Chorus

Methodist Girls' School Primary

Methodist Girls' School Primary

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Marcus Lee

Marcus Lee

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm with Combine Sec School SSA Choir

Commonwealth Secondary School Choir

Commonwealth Secondary School Choir

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

CHIJ Secondary School Choir

CHIJ Secondary School Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Emmanuel Qiu

Emmanuel Qiu

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm with Combine Pri School Choir

CHIJ Kellock Primary School Choir

CHIJ Kellock Primary School Choir

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Catholic High E.B. Choir

Catholic High E.B. Choir

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm

Anderson Junior College Choir

Anderson Junior College Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Ai Tong School Choir

Ai Tong School Choir

Performing on 7th August 7.30pm

Admiralty Primary School Choir

Admiralty Primary School Choir

Performing on 8th August 7.30pm

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Performing on 8th August 2.30pm with SYC Ensemble Singers

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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