PM Lee to deliver this year's National Day Message from Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

The facade of the newly refurbished Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
The facade of the newly refurbished Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Message this year will be delivered from the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall which reopened last year after a major facelift.

PM Lee posted a photo, taken at the iconic landmark, on his Facebook page on Tuesday with the caption: "#guesswhere? this is taken from. This is an easy one. Bonus points if you can guess what I was doing there."

He later answered the question and revealed that he was recording this year's National Day Message at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.

The message, usually recorded ahead of time, will be broadcast on Aug 8, the eve of National Day.

Last year, the speech was recorded at the Alexandra Park Connector near Dawson. The venue was chosen because "Dawson is an example of how we are upgrading Singapore, year by year", PM Lee had said then.

Mr Lee said he chose to record this year's message at Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall because "the buildings were the site of significant events in our history".

"This national monument is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It reopened last August after a major four-year renovation. I am glad that the architects retained the beautiful facades, a familiar and beloved sight to many Singaporeans," he wrote in the Facebook post.

The national monument went through a major $158 million renovation for four years from June 2010. The concert hall, which is now home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, reopened in June 2014.

The Victoria Concert Hall, which was previously called the Victoria Memorial Hall, has made its mark in Singapore's political history. It served as a hospital during World War II. When the war ended, it was the location for the trial of Japanese war criminals after their surrender.

From 1948, the Hall was also the centre for the briefing of election officials and the counting of ballot papers. The People's Action Party used the hall for their inaugural meeting on Nov 21, 1954.