Earlier today, the Martial House Creative Team for National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 gathered once again for an appreciation lunch at Tiong Bahru’s Le Le Pot! A big thank you to Martial House Managing Director, Mr. Leo Wen Yeow for the treat! Besides the sumptuous steamboat buffet, certificates were also presented to each member of the Creative Team in recognition of their time, effort and contributions. A special gift was also prepared by Martial House Choreographer Wan GuangYao Eric & Chen Jiayi for each of the members! The NDP 2015 journey was a tiring yet satisfying one for Martial House. Once again, a big thank you to the various parties who have contributed to the success of NDP 2015 and hopefully, Martial House will continue to be part of many more fun and exciting performances and events!
On 23 August 2015, Singapore’s Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong delivered his National Day Rally at ITE College Central. The rally was broadcasted “live” on national television. Nearing the end of his rally, PM Lee mentioned that there were two special moments for him during the SG50 National Day Parade and one of it was the final act “Onwards – Bright Future” by the Ministry of Education (MOE) contingent, choreographed by the Martial House Creative Team. During the rally, PM Lee said “The last item, the kids were in bright LED costumes, putting on an energetic and spectacular performance… They were in high spirits. Their fads shone with excitement and hope. I thought to myself, these are the faces of the future of Singapore.” After the rally, the message was also posted on PM Lee’s Facebook page. Indeed, that was the spirit the Martial House team and 680 student performers hoped to portray during the act. It was such a great honour and pleasure that the performance has left such a deep impression on PM Lee! PM Lee’s comment has definitely made the NDP experience even more memorable for everyone in the team, especially to the young performers. Looking forward to these kids sharing their experiences with their children or even grandchildren at SG100!
If you were watching the news on television last night, you may have caught a glimpse of a familiar face. He is none other than Martial House Coach & Choreographer, Mr. Wan GuangYao Eric! On 19 August 2015, Martial House Managing Director, Mr. Leo Wen Yeow and Mr. Wan were invited to attend a thank-you reception, hosted by His Excellency, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Istana for the organisers and participants of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP). The event was reported in the news and many could spot Mr. Wan on national television across three different channels, namely: 1. Channel 5 2. Channel 8 3. Channel U Among the guests at the event were: 1. Chairman of NDP 2015 Show Committee, Colonel Tan Cheng Kwee 2. Newly Appointed Chief of Defence, Major-General Perry Lim Cheng Yeow 3. Renowned Returning Officer for the 2011 General Election, Mr. Yam Ah Mee It was indeed an honour for Martial House to be part of this year’s SG50 NDP celebration and to be invited to the thank-you reception. Click here to read the article about the thank-you reception on Channel NewsAsia’s website. Photo Credits: Leo Wen Yeow & Wan GuangYao Eric
9 August 2015 marks the Golden Jubilee of Singapore as we celebrate her 50th year of her independence! Once again, Martial House was privileged to be part of the National Day Parade (NDP)! Under the guidance of choreographers, Gordon Choy & Wan GuangYao Eric, the Martial House NDP Creative Team was formed. The team, consisting of Martial House instructors and youth leaders, was tasked to plan and choreograph the performance act of Chapter 6 – “Onwards – Bright Future”. After the planning phase, the Martial House team proceeded on to teach the student participants from the Ministry of Education (MOE) the choreography and movements. More than 680 students across 9 different schools were involved in the act. After months of hard work and practices, the student performers have successfully delivered a spectacular performance during NDP 2015! The performance would not be possible without the active participation of the students and the support of the various groups, including the soldiers from the Singapore Arm Forces (SAF), principals and teachers from the primary schools as well as the parents and/or guardians of the students! Martial House would like to thank MOE for believing and engaging the team to be part of this historic SG50 performance and at the same time, express its gratitude to all the instructors and youth leaders for contributing to the success of the performance! Below are some of the media coverage of the performance item: 1. The Straits Times Facebook Page on 9 August 2015. 2. Channel NewsAsia Singapore Facebook Page on 9 August 2015. 3. The Straits Times, page A20 & A21 on 10 August 2015. 4. The Straits Times, page B11 on 10 August 2015. 5. Lianhe Zaobao, page 6 on 10 August 2015. If you have missed the spectacular performance by the students, you may catch it on YouTube by clicking the link below. Chapter 6 – “Onwards – Bright Future” starts from 2:13:29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCVpWoOS9KM Besides the main performance at the Padang, a second team of Martial House youths, led by coaches Kevan Cheah & Ng Teck Hong, were at The Float @ Marina Bay for another performance! Coach Teck Hong’s photo was captured and spotted on the Facebook page of Lianhe Zaobao too! Despite all the hectic rehearsals and heavy commitments, it did not prevent the Martial House youths from participating in the performances! Kudos to the Martial House youths! The nation’s Golden Jubilee was indeed a fulfilling one for Martial House! Hopefully this SG50 experience was memorable for all and let’s look forward to a stronger and brighter Singapore! Majulah Singapura!
Under the guidance of Martial House Choreographers, Wan GuangYao Eric and Gordon Choy, a team of Martial House youth leaders have been working hard to prepare the Ministry of Education (MOE) contingent of more than 600 primary school students for the upcoming National Day Parade (NDP) 2015! The Martial House youth leaders are part of the Creative Team which is responsible for the design and choreography of movements, as well as coordinating and training of students for the final act. It is definitely challenging for the youth leaders to prepare these students for the such a massive performance. Besides the constant encouragement and support the youth leaders gave one another, the smiles on the faces of the students also provided leaders with an extra motivation to stay hyper and enthusiastic throughout the long hours of rehearsals! During the act, students are required to perform their dance choreography, change the colours of the LED lights on their costumes and display various formations according to the rhythm and tempo of the music! To deliver a spectacular performance, rehearsals are inevitable. A big thank you to all the various parties for making each rehearsal possible! With one month to the actual NDP 2015, hope Singaporeans are looking forward to the MOE contingent performance prepared by Martial House!