Thursday, May 6, 2010

Memories of Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall

The Victoria Theatre and Memorial Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Singapore. As far as I can remember, I have only been in the theatre once in my life, so when I heard there was an open house, I signed up for it immediately.

Dating as far back as the mid 1800s, where the Theatre was originally built as a Town Hall, the present architecture consists of 2 buildings joined by a clock tower in-between. The Memorial Hall was built only in the early 1900s (in memory of Queen Victoria), and now renamed as the Victoria Concert Hall, where the Singapore Symphony Orchestra plays regularly now.
For a little more history, check out this article.

Gazetted as a National Monument of Singapore, it is one of Singapore's well recognised landmarks, together with the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles in front of the clock tower. It is also featured in The Amazing Race 16, as one of the locations to get the next clue! :)

The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is scheduled for upgrading works, and hence the open house was organised for photography enthusiasts to capture some scenes before works begin. A small gallery of what I have taken is here. For visitors to Singapore, drop by this historical landmark if you can!


David Berian Hopper said...

I was a child actor on this stage in 1965 in a Stage Club production of Snow White. Great memories.

David Berian Hopper
Halifax, NS Canada

Wanderer said...

Hi David,
Wow! Amazing that you discovered my blog entry! 1965, I wasn't even born yet! I'm sure the memories must have been super!