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Singapore Celebrates – City of London Festival


Celebrating our Golden Jubilee, Singapore will be the featured country at the City of London Festival (COLF) which will run from 22 June – 10 July.  Experience Singapore’s cultural riches, including performances by our renowned violinist Siow Lee Chin, string ensemble T’ang Quartet, Singapore-born pianist Melvyn Tan and our “King of Swing” jazz musician Jeremy Monteiro.  There will also be a showcase of the very best of Singapore’s films, including Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo, as well as a lecture by the former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Lord Oxburgh, who is also a recipient of the Singapore Honorary Citizen’s Award.  


Do browse through the confirmed programme below and join us at the COLF!




Jeremy Monteiro: Jazz with a View
Tuesday 23rd June, 7.30pm

Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street


Singapore’s “King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro has released 21 jazz albums over a career spanning four decades. Join him as he kicks off our “Jazz with a View” series in one of the City’s newest iconic spaces: the inimitable Sky Garden, with breath taking panoramic views of the Thames. He will be performing with musicians from Singapore and the UK including acclaimed vocalist Rani Singam, drummer Tama Goh and guitarist Andrew Lim.


Tickets: £30

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on- all/1493-jeremy-monteiro-jazz-with-a-view-images?month=6&year=2015


Siow Lee-Chin: Bach at St Bart’s

Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 8.30pm

St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield


Renowned Singaporean violinist and Gold medal winner of the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition Siow Lee-Chin performs Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas in a wonderfully atmospheric occasion, as twilight descends on the City’s oldest Church.  


Tickets: £15

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1426-siow-lee- chin-bach-at-st-bart-s-singapore-celebrates?month=6&year=2015



Friday 26th June 2015, 1.00pm

The Bowler Hat, Paternoster Square

Tickets: Free

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/?EventID=1621


Saturday 27th June 2015, 9.30pm

The Bowler Hat, Paternoster Square

Tickets: £12

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/?EventID=1606


MICappella is a Singapore vocal band with a contagious energy, bringing a professional, passionate and edgy spin to acappella performances.  Never failing to impress with their unique blend of English and Mandarin mainstream rock, pop, R&B, club and dance music, leaving music lovers yearning for more, MICappella will be performing at The Bowler Hat, a bespoke inflatable venue in the shape of a 3-storey high giant bowler hat, at the heart of the City in Paternoster Square.


Catch MICappella’s sneak peak performance during lunchtime on Friday, 26th June, before their big evening show on Saturday 27 June.    

T’ang Quartet and Melvyn Tan

Monday 29th June, 7.30pm

Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Threadneedle Street


In a concert championing the best international musical talent, past and present, the artistically impeccable T’ang Quartet will perform alongside internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan, as part of the Festival’s celebration of the arts produced in Singapore. The T'ang Quartet and Melvyn Tan will reinterpret a classical repertoire for contemporary fans, while appealing to traditional audiences, as Eastern and Western musical prodigy are seamlessly and artfully blended.


Tickets: £23, £12

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1369-t-ang-quartet-and-melvyn-tan


Melvyn Tan Masterclass

Monday 06 July 2015, 10.00am

Guildhall School of Music and Drama


A fascinating opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest pianists coach young musicians from the UK and Singapore.


Tickets: Free

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1447-melvyn-tan-masterclass-singapore-celebrates? month=7&year=2015



Ilo Ilo

Monday 29th June, 8.40pm

Barbican Cinema Two


Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo is a portrait of a Singaporean family’s struggle during the economic crisis of the late 90s. The film chronicles the relationship between the family and their newly arrived maid, Theresa.


Tickets: £9

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1441-ilo-ilo-singapore-on-film?month=6&year=2015


Singapore GaGa

Tuesday 30th June, 8.40pm

Barbican Cinema Two


With buskers, street vendors and school cheerleaders singing hymns, Singapore GaGa is a 55 minute ode to the quirkiness of the Singaporean aural landscape.


Tickets: £9

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1443-singapore-gaga-singapore-on-film? month=6&year=2015


12 Storeys

Wednesday 01st July 2015, 8.40pm

Barbican Cinema Two


12 Storeys focuses on the theme of urban isolation and alienation in modern Singapore, with three intercut but unrelated stories set within one apartment block. It was the first Singaporean film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section


Tickets: £9

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1444-12-storeys- singapore-on-film?month=7&year=2015


Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang

Thursday 02nd July 2015, 8.40pm

Barbican Cinema Two


Showcasing a galaxy of stars from the Cathay-Keris studio, Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang stands as one of the finest achievement in Cathay-Keris’ slew of historical dramas made during the golden age of Singapore cinema. Based on a folklore passed down from the 17th century, the film explores the notion of loyalty within a feudalist society in a most explicit approach ending with the demise of the titular sultan. The lilting dialogue strewn with elaborate metaphors delivered in traditional pantun interspaced with short brutish violence elevates the film into the realm of legends.


Tickets: £9

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1445-sultan-mahmud-mangkat-dijulang-singapore-on-film? month=7&year=2015


Penarek Becha (The Trishaw Man)

Thursday 02nd July, 6.30pm

Barbican Cinema Two


Considered a key turning point in the evolution of the Singapore film industry, Penarek Becha draws uncanny parallels between the personal journey of a trishaw rider and Malaya’s road to self-governance.


Tickets: £9

More info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1442-penarek-becha-the-trishaw-man-singapore-on-film? month=7&year=2015


Singapore Shorts, Singapore Slings

Friday 10th July 2015, 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9.00pm

Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool Street


Come and enjoy an hour of short films from Singapore while sipping our signature cocktail in this sophisticated setting. Films include Autograph Book, Katong Fugue and Outing.


Tickets: £12 (includes a free cocktail or mocktail)

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/whats-on-all/1446-singapore-shorts-singapore-slings-singapore-on-film? month=7&year=2015



Gresham Lecture

“Singapore at 50: Oil and Water – Inextricably Mixed” by Lord Oxburgh

Monday 13th July 2015, 6:00pm

Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall


Celebrating 50 years of Singapore’s independence, this lecture will look at the people and events that have shaped this thriving country. Lord Oxburgh, previously chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence as well as chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee and Shell UK, is a recipient of the Singapore Honorary Citizen’s Award.


Tickets: Free

More Info: http://www.colf.org/whats-on/?EventID=1618

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