Category: Performances

Vocal Delights 2018: Cadence

By Mabel Yet (19S03Q) and Rachel Lee (19A01D)

Photos courtesy of Kathryn Oei and Zheng Huijun from Raffles Photographic Society

Many would associate chorale music with the solemn singing, foreign hymns, and rows of singers dressed in identical silk robes and tuxedos, typically found at a church or in a concert hall. But for a night every year, Raffles Chorale is permitted to break free of convention to put on a night of surprise and wonder. The product of this was Cadence, a full-length concert held on 15 December which astonished its audience with a variety of medleys ranging from the latest pop tunes to soulful renditions of JJ Lin.

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Raffles Players Presents: Noises Off!

By Lim Jing Rong (18A03A), Phang Yeu Yeou (19A01A), Caryn Chiah (19A01A)
Photos courtesy of Amy Lin (19A01B), Kathryn Oei (19A01A), Andrew Yap (19S06Q) and Tian Ruiying (19S05B) of Raffles Photographic Society

“Doors, sardines, and a lot of fun” — this absurdist marriage of words is actually the synopsis to Noises Off!, a metaphysical play-within-a-play, and a tongue-in-cheek meditation on the melodrama that spills over the stage and seeps into actors’ very lives. Put up by Raffles Players, cast members played actors in a touring troupe playing characters in a farce, Nothing On.

As the lights in the PAC dimmed on 12th May, loud chatter quickly subdued into quiet murmurs of anticipation. The red curtains parted, and a sprawling two-tier eight-door set was revealed to the audience. We were about to witness the cast and crew of Raffles Players perform Noises Off! — a comedic exercise in skill and ingenuity, and a bold defiance of gravity (or so we were told).

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CLDCS Concert ’18: Lost and Found?

By Elizabeth Leong (18S06G), Ling Young Loon (18S07A) and Zhu Xiuhua (18S06A)

On 18 May 2018, the Chinese Language and Drama Cultural Society (CLDCS) presented to its audience a variety of art forms in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). Viewers were treated to original songs and a heartfelt play, and could appreciate the CCA’s calligraphy exhibition during the intermission. The night’s theme was 寻觅 (xun mi), which literally means “to search”, though it was more figuratively translated to “Lost and Found?”

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Rockout 2018: Press Play

By Chloe Wong (19S07C) and Ina Song (19S07C)
Photographs courtesy of S Rahul (19S06A) and Dylan Siew (19S06E)

It was sensational. Held on 26th May at *SCAPE Ground Theatre, Raffles Rockout: Press Play was a remarkable closure to the Arts Season of 2018. Raffles Rock released their set list on Spotify 2 weeks before the concert in preparation for the anticipated rave. With consistent publicity and an enthralling promotional video, the expectations for that very night were extremely high, but the aspiring rock-stars definitely surpassed those expectations after months of hard work.

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Raffles Symphonic Band: A Tempo XXVII

By Loh Su Jean (19A01A) and Ben Lim (19S03I)
Photos Courtesy of Amy Lin (19A01B) and Ku Cheng Yong of Raffles Photographic Society

“A Tempo” is Italian for “to the tempo”. This piece of musical vocabulary indicates that a musician should return to the original pace of a song. XXVII is the roman numeral for 27. This is the 27th time that Raffles Symphonic Band (RSB) has performed their annual concert, A Tempo,  the title is as fitting as ever. Individuals dazzled the audience, but in the moments when all sections were recollected and the ensemble performed with the full force of its members, we were nothing short of being spellbound.

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