Here was the original question we posed:
Q: RUBINSTEIN. ARRAU. HEIFETZ. SZIGETI. PIATIGORSKY. SERKIN. FRIEDMAN. ELMAN. THIBAUD. FEUERMANN. What did these men have in common?
A: They all performed in
, at the Victoria Memorial Hall and
18 October 2015, is the 110th anniversary of
the opening of Victoria Memorial Hall.
Singaporean cellist LOKE HOE KIT will present a two-part write-up on the Hall’s history over the next few weeks.
A HISTORY OF
VICTORIA MEMORIAL HALL
By LOKE HOE KIT
Since January, we have been inundated with SG50 events and commemorations, but here’s one more commemoration that may change your mind about classical music in
Today, we commemorate the 110th anniversary of the opening of Victoria Memorial Hall on
18 October 1905 by Governor Sir John Anderson.
What dud this event mean for Singapore
The names of Arthur Rubinstein, Claudio Arrau, Benjamin Britten, Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Emanuel Feuermann abd Gregor Piatigorsky will be familiar with music lovers strolling through the aisles of the historical recordings section of record shops. But did you know these very people, the greatest musical legends of all time, actually performed concerts in
– at Victoria Memorial Hall? Unfortunately, most contemporary sources have
routinely presented an incomplete version of the Vic’s illustrious history.
Consequently, hardly anyone today, even within music circles, is aware of such
Imagine, hearing Rubinstein playing Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, not on the RCA CD box-set, but in the flesh on the stage of Victoria Memorial Hall in 1935!
What this certainly does is to quash the myth that the
of old was a “cultural desert”. It was a bustling metropolis. Its arts calendar
regularly featured concerts of stellar quality. Local audiences were constantly
exposed to the finest music making one could possibly hear around the world.
Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting a 2-part write-up on the musical history of VMH – who went through its doors, and why the Vic is so special.