Monday, August 16, 2010

Singapore Symphony Orchestra at London Royal Festive Hall - a return after nearly 20 years

“These are … revelatory performances,”

- BBC Music Magazine reviewing the recording of the Debussy’s La Mer, which was the centrepiece of a maritime-themed performance by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

I am thrilled to hear that the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will be holding a performance at Royal Festive Hall on 11th Oct. While it’s SSO’s debut at the Royal Festive Hall, it did performed in the Barbican when it first visited London in 1991.


I remember crowding into Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall as a teenager with my fellow band mates trying to catch a glimpse of the SSO during one of its regular performances. Back then, Victoria Concert Hall was the prime performance hall and later on, the SSO made the Esplanade Concert Hall its home after the 1,600 seater waterside arts complex was built in Marina Bay.

Other than the occasional delightful treat that I get from SSO’s public performances held in the Botanic Gardens where people would just turn up with picnic mats sporting Bermudas and sandals, I haven’t gotten the chance to attend an SSO performance since the longest of time.

Well, this time round, the SSO, which is led by Conductor Lan Shui featuring British pianist soloist Stephen Hough, will be performing Debussy’s La Mer among other pieces. Book your tickets now.

In its element
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Royal Festive Hall
11th Oct 2010

Zhou Long - The Rhyme of Taigu
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, op 25
Rachmaninov - The Isle of the Dead
Debussy - La Mer

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