15 things about SG50 we will remember


Celebrating songs performed, composed or made popular by Singaporeans in the 50-years of independence was the 160-minute Sing50 concert.

The event kicked off the Jubilee Weekend in August 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.

Organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, and produced by The Rice Company, it was staged at the National Stadium and attended by more than 40,000 people.

Not wanting to limit the grand experience to one night, the concert has fuelled the Sing50 Fund, which seeks to promote and preserve Singapore's pop music heritage via schools, performances and educational platforms.

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