Singapore Conference Hall celebrates 50th anniversary with a line-up of events, talks and concert from October to December

Singapore, 15 October 2015 (Thursday) – The Singapore Conference Hall (SCH), then known as the Trade Union House, was a project initiated by founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. SCH was completed in September 1965 and was officially launched on 15 October 1965. SCH was gazette as a national monument on 28 December 2010 and is now the home of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). This year, SCH celebrates its 50th anniversary with an open house filled with events from October to December 2015, which will give visitors a visual and aural experience as well as bring visitors on a history trail of SCH showcasing its political and cultural involvement and how it evolved to the current home of the SCO. All events are free.

SCH Photo Exhibition

Daily: 26 October – 31 December 2015, 9am – 6pm
Venue: SCH Concourse

View the photo trail of the historic development of SCH, the key events and milestones and the evolvement to the current home to the SCO.

Go on a SCH Building Tour

Daily: 26 October to 31 December 2015
Tour timings: 10.30am-11.30am; 2.30pm-3.30pm; 4.30pm-5.30pm
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Have you always wanted to explore the Concert Hall or backstage; or simply experience this historical building? This is a rare opportunity to go on a building tour. SCH building tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis by registration only.

Talk: Hear What Goes Behind-the-Scene in Production Management

Date: 28 October 2015 (Wednesday), 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Concert Hall
Free admission, walk-in

Mr Lee Chun Seng, SCO Stage Manager
Mr Jackie Tay, SCO Technical Manager

SCO’s stage manager and technical manager will share on the basics of production management for SCO concerts. This is a great opportunity to listen to the professionals share on what technically and planning work happen behind-the-scene in staging a concert.

Talk: Listen to the Original Architect of SCH

Speaker: Datuk Lim Chong Keat

Date: 31 October 2015 (Saturday), 3-4pm
Venue: Concert Hall
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Who was the original architect behind this national monument? What inspired the design of SCH? The original architect of SCH, Datuk Lim Chong Keat, will present his inspiration and concepts on the design of SCH. Datuk Lim will also explain the acoustic treatment designed for the Concert Hall with a demonstration.

Concert: SPH Gift of Music presents SCH 50th Anniversary Concert: Reminiscing Those Years

Date: 31 October 2015 (Saturday), 5-6pm
Venue: Concert Hall
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SCO community concert will return to the home of SCO – the Singapore Conference Hall – to celebrate the concert hall’s 50th anniversary with a musical treat for all SCO fans. Enjoy pieces including Those Years which depicts the reminiscence of the past through the eyes of people as they mature over the years, festive Dance of the Yao People (瑶族舞曲), Memory (忆), multicultural Di Tanjong Katong & Wu Cai Bin Fen (丹绒加东与五彩缤纷) as well as Singaporeans’ favourite Home (家).

This concert is proudly sponsored by SPH Gift of Music, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. With the limited seating capacity at the SCO Concert Hall, online ticket reservation is required for this concert.


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