Tue, Jun 02, 2009
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Victorians labour to celebrate artistic talents

By Kenny Chee

IT'S back to the Victorian ways on Saturday for some well-known alumni of Victoria School and Victoria Junior College (VJC).

Noted old Victorians, like poet Edwin Thumboo and Singapore Idol finalist Jasmine Tye, will be joining performing arts groups from their alma mater in a gala concert on Saturday.

Held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, the two-hour concert is called Nil Sine Labore, after the schools' motto meaning "nothing without labour".

Organised by the Old Victorians' Association, the concert is directed by Cultural Medallion winner Iskandar Ismail and will have a total of 14 acts.

Performances in store range from songs by theatre actor Brendon Fernandez, to feats of magic by illusionists J C Sum and "Magic Babe" Ning.

Concert producer Carol Loo, assistant honorary treasurer of the Old Victorians' Association, said the show aims to celebrate the home-grown artistic talents that have come from the Victorian schools.

For old Victorians like Singapore Idol Season 2 finalist Tye, 21, performing at the concert is a way of repaying VJC for "teaching me to pursue my aspirations".

Jazz singer and theatre actress Joanna Dong, 27, another Idol alumnus, said: "To be included in the line-up kind of feels like coming home."

Presenter Joe Augustin, 40, who is co-hosting the concert with Dong, also hoped the concert can help parents realise "there is a future in the arts".


Nil Sine Labore is on at the Esplanade Concert Hall this Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets are at $25 each. To buy, visit http://nsl.ova.org.sg


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