Category: Performances

RJCO SYF 2021: The Seven Colours of Harmony Movement II

By Andrea Ng (22S06B) and Mandy Wong (22S03C)

Imagine this: you are standing in a vast field, cool air rippling through your hair. Ahead of you are towering mountains that seem to go on and on, their contours highlighted by faint sunlight. The wind picks up speed gradually, accompanied by the rustle of grass stalks as they collide against one another, leaving you with an unparalleled feeling of freedom and excitement.

While we are unable to head to such scenic places right now, we can certainly picture them in our minds with the help of music—and RJCO helps us do just that. On 29 April, Chinese Orchestra headed down to SCO Concert Hall for their SYF showcase, where they performed a piece on an online broadcast. The piece in question was 七彩之和 II.《黄·山之歌》(The Seven Colours of Harmony Movement II “Yellow · Song of the Mountains”). Inspired by the Korean diaspora in China, the piece reflects distinctive elements of traditional Korean music, notably through its free and unrestrained tunes. 

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Raffles Guitar Ensemble: SYF 2021

By Chung Thong En (22S06N) and Sophie Goh (22S07B)

In other years, it would have been a performance to a buzzing audience comprising classmates, teachers and journalists. On the 28th of April 2021, it was a much emptier, but no less daunting SOTA concert hall that Raffles Institution Guitar Ensemble (RJGE) faced for their biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF). 

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Raffles Symphonic Band 2020: Catharsis

By Neo Xin Yuan (21A01D), Snehal Sachde (21S07C), and Soh Jing Yee (21S03Q)

Catharsis.

As you click on the IVY notification, you may come across this word and take a pause. It’s not a word we use daily. You might not even have heard of it before. Maybe it just sounds vaguely cool but you have no idea what it really means. 

However, when you start listening to the first video, your tense shoulders—having gone through a long day of HBL—relax. You start to feel lighter. And you start to understand what catharsis means.

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Raffles Jazz Concert 2020: Amour T’es Là?

By Afeef Ikhwan (21A13B) and Max Chwa (21A01B) 

Love, are you there?

That’s the English translation of Amour T’es Là?, the name that Raffles Jazz has given to its annual concert this year. Scenes from 80s indie romance films come to mind when hearing the title; the performances that Jazz put up here definitely achieve that same atmosphere. And the pandemic situation we are currently facing did not in the least deter them from delivering their very best musicianship. The CCA is alive and kicking, albeit in a slightly different form this time around.

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Vocal Delights 2019: Volaré

By Benjamin Liew (20A03A) and Ng Jing Ting (20A13A)
Photos courtesy of Celine Chung (20S06H) of Raffles Photographic Society

Last year’s instalment of Vocal Delights having proved no less than a resounding success, Raffles Chorale came through once again this year with their annual a cappella charity concert Volaré. Gracing the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) with their melodious voices on December 13, the 30-odd members displayed extraordinary musicianship and synergy as they shed the conservative image of a chorus and blew the audience away with their repertoire, which included top hits from pop singer Shawn Mendes, and Pentatonix. With all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, their partner organisation for the fourth year running, the combined warmth of humanitarianism and wonderful music by Raffles Chorale truly brought to the audience the most wonderful time of the year.

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