National Day
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While physical concerts are still off the cards, one can certainly get into the spirit of National Day by watching and singing along with these online performances.

SSO National Day Concert (Online) – A Nation In Harmony

Filmed at an empty Esplanade Concert Hall, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra‘s National Day concert features conductor Darrell Ang, singer Benjamin Kheng, Bharatanatyam dancer Kshirja Govind, host Khairudin Saharom and sign language interpreter Janis Wong.

WHERE: Sistic Live
WHEN: Aug 15, 8pm until Aug 29
ADMISSION: $5, $10, $20, $30 or $50. Each ticket allows for five views.

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14th National Day Sing-Along

Sing your heart out to National Day favourites such as Home, Xi Shui Chang Liu (Friendship Forever) and Voices From My Heart together with singers Abby Lai and Irwin.

Organised by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, the annual event goes online for the first time this year. President Halimah Yacob will also deliver a message.

Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Facebook page, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations Facebook page and Mediacorp CAPITAL 958 Facebook page
When: Aug 8, 7.38pm
Admission: Free

Gardens By The Bay And Mediacorp National Day Concert 2020

Home-grown music artists Nathan Hartono, Taufik Batisah, Inch Chua and Yung Raja will be joined by comedians Kumar, Gurmit Singh and Suhaimi Yusof as well as other local celebrities at this National Day gig. There will also be a performance by President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, singing the song Home together with Taufik, actor Desmond Tan and singer-actress JJ Neo.

Admission: Free

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Swinging In Singapore – A Celebration Of Singapore’s 55th Birthday

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Join us on 23 Aug (Sun), 8pm SGT (GMT+8) for "JASS@HOME: Swinging in Singapore" 🇸🇬 – a swinging celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday ❤️ featuring jazzy renditions of well-loved Singapore and ASEAN songs and original local compositions, including the world premiere of “The Lion Roars Again” by JASS Associate Director Weixiang Tan! With our Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO) led by Jeremy Monteiro as Music Director, Weixiang Tan as Associate Music Director and joined by many noteworthy local vocalists including Alemay Fernandez, Rudy Djoe and New York-based Melissa Tham, as well as Shabir Tabare Alam who will be performing with JASSO for the first time, this will be a fantastic celebration of our nation’s birthday. We will also have musician Mohamed Noor, who will be playing the tabla, to add a unique local flavour to our concert. The concert will also include a special appearance by Joanna Dong. JASS@HOME: Swinging in Singapore is supported by the National Arts Council‘s Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts, as part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign bringing together the best of Singapore’s arts and culture digital offerings, to be enjoyed and experienced, anytime and anywhere. It is also supported by The Straits Times as Official Media in conjunction with their 175th Anniversary. #NDPeeps #NDP2020 #TogetherStrongerSG #OurHeartforSG #Jazz #internationaljazz

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The Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra will perform jazz renditions of popular Singapore songs. The artist line-up includes music director Jeremy Monteiro, associate music director Weixiang Tan and singers and musicians such as Alemay Fernandez, Rudy Djoe, Melissa Tham, Shabir and Mohamed Noor.

Where: Jazz Association Singapore Facebook page and YouTube channel
When: 23 Aug, 8pm
Admission: Free

Red Dot August

An easy reference to what's happening in Week 1 of Red Dot August! All performances are available online until 7 Sep 2020. More information at

Posted by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on Wednesday, 5 August 2020

The Esplanade’s annual National Day celebrations include two of its music events – alternative music festival Baybeats and veteran artists concert series Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea – moving online for the first time.

Where: Esplanade website and Facebook page
When: Baybeats, Aug 21 to 23 (details to be announced) and Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea, from Aug
Admission: Free
Info: Baybeats page and Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea page


Part of the Voices of Singapore Festival 2020, Singnation! is an online singalong session led by conductor-composer and Voices of Singapore artistic director Darius Lim. Held in conjunction with Capitol Singapore and Chijmes’ Onward55Singapore virtual National Day celebration, participants can join in and sing via Zoom.

Where: Register for the Zoom session here, or watch here
When: Aug 8, 8pm
Admission: Free

This article originally appeared on The Straits Times.

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