Bravissimo! July 2019

Truly, SSO: A National Day Tribute

If you missed our National Day concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall last year, be sure to mark your calendar for 10 August as we celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday.

An all-Singaporean showcase of homegrown musical flair, the concert will see SSO joining forces with the Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir led by conductor Joshua Tan, for a jubilant evening of familiar favourites and new inspirations.

Come soak in the atmosphere with tunes like “The Awakening”, “Voices from the Heart”, “Home” – alongside brand new works such as “Jewel of Srivijaya”, Kampong Overture and “Our Singapore Dream”. The programme promises a cast of all-Singaporean musical talent, including Jeremy Monteiro (piano), Joanna Dong (vocals), Nawaz Mirajkar (tabla), V M Sai Akileshwar (mridangam), Tamagoh (drums), and Samuel Phua (saxophone).

Following last year’s format, inclusive “live” signing for the Deaf community will be made on stage, to convey not just the emcee’s script but also the emotionally-driven music.

Members of the Deaf community may write in for free tickets at, available on a first-come first-served basis.


Prior to the SSO National Day concert, music lovers can look forward to Truly SSO, a first-time collaboration between the SSO and Warner Music Singapore. The album reimagines familiar national day classics with a fresh modern spin and will be available on digital release from 2 August 2019, in time for Singapore’s 54th national day celebrations. The 14-track digital-only collection comprises studio recordings as well as past “live” performances of favourites such as “Stand Up For Singapore”, “Rasa Sayang”, “Kampong Overture”, “Home” and many more. The recording was made possible by supporting partner, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Recording Studio.

Listen to Truly, SSO at - available from 2 August 2010

Truly, SSO: A collection of Singapore pieces produced by Warner with supporting partner Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory Recording Studio

Recording these brilliant and ingenious arrangements of tunes that I grew up with was such a revelation and joy,” said. “I hope the listener finds as much fascination as I did with these imaginative works. Also the heartfelt playing of our soloists in the Montage [Concerto for Jazz Piano & Orchestra] is definitely highlight.

Joshua Tan
SSO Associate Conductor
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