Staged for Exposure to Local Music

By Muhammad Muhaimin Suzaini

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Jun Yang steps in for a guitarist and charms the audience together with Siying (not shown in the picture), performing Ed Sheeran's Photograph. Photo Credits: NPPC

Scarlet Avenue, a music group formed by two brothers, was the opening act for Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) very own talent show, Staged

The brothers, Amos Ang, 24 and Adam Ang, 20, decided to form the duet while they were living in France 10 years ago. Amos said, “When I was 14 and he was 10… we figured that we wanted to pick up [the] guitar. We had a dream of writing our own songs and being artists.”

Now in its third year, Staged redefined the conventional talent show. Held on May 13 at the Music Box, the three-hour long concert featured NP’s very own talents and for the first time, combined external local acts to complement the show.

The theme for this year’s concert was Wayback Wednesday. It was meant to evoke old sentiments and “bring back those songs… so people could remember them,” Jason explained.

Local songwriters also played their original pieces for the 500-seater strong crowd.

Jason Ong, 21, Social Secretary of Ngee Ann Polytechnic Students Union (NPSU) and committee head for Staged, said, “One of our reasons for having external acts is that we want our audience to experience what it is like outside of school and for the music industry in Singapore.”

“I think any platform is an opportunity for local talents to shine and to gain the exposure needed. I feel that NP is doing such an amazing job with this.”

– Adam Ang

Truth to Be Told, comprising Hazel Tan Su Qing and Faith Wang Yishan, both 20, have been performing in Staged since it first started. They added, “They [the committee] brought in so many groups [and] external acts as well, so it’s pretty amazing.”

This year’s edition was not spared from challenges. A calendar event in NP that is usually held in January, Staged was postponed two times. When it was postponed the first time, it was because of things like settling the administrative matters, venue and finding enough people to help out in the technical aspects.

The second postponement was due to the passing of Singapore’s founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Moving forward, Jason was optimistic that the postponements were a blessing in disguise. He said, “All of us knew what to do on the spot. In a way, it (the postponement), helped us to ensure that the event was a success and it wasn’t much of a struggle for us.”

Despite the challenges faced this time round, students can definitely anticipate what Staged by NPSU has to show and dazzle the audience with in their next edition.


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