For the first time ever, this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will feature musicians with different types of disabilities performing together, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity.
The Purple Symphony – Singapore’s largest disability-inclusive orchestra, which includes a choir – will have 24 of its 90 members perform We Will Get There, the NDP 2002 theme song. The orchestra will be led by its assistant conductor, Ms Liong Kit Yeng.
Among the 24 musicians, 20 have special needs, including intellectual and physical disabilities. Percussionist Lily Goh, who is deaf, will play the marimba. Ms Goh, 37, also helped to choreograph the song’s hand signs, which will be performed by 400 Henry Park Primary pupils.
The Purple Symphony – so named as purple symbolises solidarity for people with special needs – was set up in 2015.
It makes its NDP debut this year, and the 25,000 people seated at The Float @ Marina Bay will be its largest audience.
Other NDPs in recent years have highlighted a message of inclusivity, too. Performers from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore played the drums and marched in NDP 2014.
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