Watch Sing50 concert on TV

If you missed the chance to attend the Sing50 concert at the National Stadium two weeks ago, you can catch the show on Channel 5 tomorrow night.

The 160-minute show has been condensed into a 93-minute programme which will air at 9.45pm.

The concert, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times and produced by The Rice Company, celebrated songs performed, composed or made popular by Singaporeans in the 50 years of the country's independence.

Attended by more than 40,000 people, the event kicked off the Jubilee Weekend with a star- studded line-up of more than 250 artists, who performed more than 70 iconic Singapore songs in the four official languages.

Top names included Mandopop superstars Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin, veterans Ramli Sarip and Tracy Huang, jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

They were joined on stage by a 1,000-strong choir, the 92-strong Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, 50 pianists and 14 aspiring rappers.

Highlights of the Sing50 concert included a moving tribute to the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew during a three- movement concerto by composer Kelly Tang, as well as a stirring rendition of the national anthem Majulah Singapura at the end.

The acoustic problems which plagued the live show have been cleaned up for the television show, says Sing50 creative director Jeremiah Choy.

Audience members had complained of the poor sound system, with those seated in the upper tier experiencing reverberations boun- cing off the closed roof.

Mr Choy says watching the programme on television will provide viewers a more "well-rounded depiction" of the concert.

"We took the shots from eight cameras. Hopefully, television audiences can get a good sense of what happened on that day," he says.

This article was first published on Aug 21, 2015.
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