History was created on Saturday 28 Jun 2014, when the National Stadium was used as the venue for the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s “Our People, Our Home 2014: My Home – Singapore!” concert.
Bringing together more than 5000 performers, this was the first concert held at the newly opened National Stadium, and two Guiness World Records were broken – Largest Chinese Orchestra performance, and Largest Chinese Drum ensemble!! It was an enjoyable evening for all; PM Lee Hsien Loong (also patron of SCO) was guest of honour, and several other ministers were in attendance (ESM Goh Chok Tong, Lawrence Wong and Grace Fu).
The 20 000 strong audience was treated to performances by Dick Lee (singing “Home”),
Vincent Ng (World Wushu champion and media corp artist, with really solid 6-pack),
and the SCO supported by all the other thousands of instrumentalists (from various school chinese orchestras, including Nanyang JC!!) and choir.
We arrived by MRT at 5 pm, to get a bite before the concert started … and prepared to eat at anyplace that had no queue (what to eat not important!). However, that day coincided with concerts to be held at all the major venues (National Stadium, Indoor Stadium, Kallang Theatre) and it was also the closing time of the Open House@Sports Hub; the only place without queue happened to be Chocz, and we got some bread, brownie and muffin to “tahan” until after the concert (when we can go for supper 🙂 ).
Walking around the National Stadium and eating as we went along, we ended up at the water sports area where dragon boat training was taking place, and we saw the RED LIONS in the distance, and the beach volleyball venue filled with happy kids playing in the sand …
Nearer to the gates where we were seated, long queues had formed as people started to go into the stadium to get the best seats (the ticket purchased only specifies the section where one is seated, not a particular seat)…the turnstiles admitted one person at a time, and there were two turnstiles per gate; your ticket has to be scanned to activate the turnstile for entry, and immediately after entry, a security check was carried out for those carrying bags … (not sure they will find anything, as it is a cursory check!)
The choir came in first (they were seated on the stadium seats directly opposite where the VIP/best seats were), followed by the musicians who started streaming in at 7 pm … by 7:45, they were still streaming in (hahaha! – it takes so long to fill up the blue seats, they should have started earlier).
Finally, concert gets underway at 7:45, when PM Lee wields the baton (a super long one) to get the programme going! This 10 yr old Chen Xinyu on the pipa was really impressive:
And near to the end of the show, the Guiness World Record presentation…
A great way to spend a Saturday evening!! And will certainly be there again, soon … (WTA, free use of facilities till end July, … )
(tickets were only $20 for our seats, others were $10 and $100; convenient to take MRT using Circle Line (nearest), but Kallang MRT also possible (covered walkway for 99% of the time, except at some traffic light crossings, like at Sims Ave).