A National Day Celebration
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
August 7, 6pm, Free
SINGAPORE, 4 August 2005 –
The upcoming SPH Gift of Music
concert will feature a wide range of performances, in reflection of
Singapore´s diverse cultures.
Come celebrate National Day in the lush setting of the Gardens,
and be entertained by a concert celebration of music, dance, performing
arts and percussion.
Among the performers are NAFA Music Department´s Percussion
group, Coleman Chua, Max Surin, Pertive, Verve Enharmonics, Joe
Aaron, Dance Collective, Silat Federation, Clement Chow, Rosie Rahim,
Dawn Ho and Fandi.
The hour-long concert is designed as a simple and heartfelt treat
featuring homegrown Singapore artistes from different eras and genres.
It will begin on a stirring percussive note, with the NAFA troupe,
before moving on to a segment of Singapore-written songs such as
“Voices from the Heart” written by xinyaolyricist Billy
Koh, and performed by Coleman Chua; “Within You´ll Remain”
sung by Max Surin and “This land called Singapore” written
and sung by Joe Aaron. Acapella group Verve Enharmonics will add
to the “home” mood with a medley of songs including “Singapura”
and Di Tanjong Katong”.
The visual treat begins with a dance item called “Two Yards
of Fabric” by Dance Collective, followed by a stirring demonstration
of weapons and hand-to-hand combat by the national silat demonstration
The concert´s final segment promises to be especially heartwarming,
and familiar. Vocalists Clement Chow, Rosie Rahim, Dawn Ho and Fandi
come together to sing solo and in harmony three of Singapore´s
most loved national songs through the years – “Stand up
for Singapore”, “Count on me, Singapore” and “Home”.
The grand finale will present all the artistes (and audience) in
a new version of the National Anthem, which features an exciting
combination of Asian instruments such as the tabla, kompang, sitar,
flute and more.
This National Day celebration concert is the fourth of a year-long
series of outdoor concerts by Singapore Press Holdings to share
the joy of music with the community and to celebrate Singapore’s
The SPH Gift of Music series launched in May 2005, and features
more than 20 concerts traversing different genres of music, from
pop, Latin and R&B, to jazz, Asian percussion, Western classical,
Chinese opera and children´s puppets.
The key partners collaborating with SPH in this Gift of Music series,
which runs till April 2006, are the Singapore Symphony Orchestra,
the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and a host of individuals and groups
representing some of the most recognised names in Singapore music,
as well as carefully-selected overseas acts.
The SPH concerts at the Botanic Gardens fall on the first Sunday
of every month. In addition to these, SPH will bring concerts to
the community with performances in the heartlands, public areas
and parks as part of its outreach efforts to connect with the community.
The concert series is one of many outreach events which SPH supports
as part of its broadening community involvement. Each year, the
media group contributes to a diverse range of education, arts and
culture, community, conservation, sports and charitable projects.
SPH was recently named the top corporate giver in Singapore in
a survey carried out by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy
Centre, and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts
award every year since 1993.
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E
For more information, please contact:
DID: 6319 2261 or 9617 9005
About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading
media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting
platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages
and more than 70 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals,
or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH
publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions
of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over
250 million pageviews a month. SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp
TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U
and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which
publishes free newspaper Today. It also operates two entertainment
radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English,
under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.