Category: Singapore Youth Festival

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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Modern Dance SYF 2019: 2613754410

By Mabel Yet (19S03Q)
Photos courtesy of Modern Dance

In the final moments before they headed backstage, the dancers huddled in a circle with their arms around each other, in a bid to soothe one another’s jitters. As they soaked in the warmth of familiar company, one by one, the dancers poured their hearts out to their team, with some finding it a struggle to sum up the past few months of blood, sweat, and tears they’d invested into their countless practices. Nonetheless, their energy remained high as they chanted “MODMODMOD MOD DANCE!” for the last time, before breaking apart and disappearing backstage. And what a show it would be.

On 12 April, Modern Dance gave a spectacular performance, entitled 2613754410, at University Cultural Centre (NUS) for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF), with the overarching theme of something we encounter all the time—numbers.

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SYF 2017: Passing Time – Modern Dance

By Calista Chong (18A01A), Lynn Hong (18A13A) and Yeo Kee Hwan (18S03Q)

The dancers gathered in a circle, their eyes drawn in intent concentration toward their captain as they rallied for what would be the culmination of months of hard work. On 28 April, RJ Modern Dance performed at the Kallang Theatre for the Singapore Youth Festival.

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SYF 2017: Guitar, Don’t Fret

By Carman Chew (17A01D) and Nadiya Nesseer (17S03B)

Upon the signal to begin the gruelling 10-minute tuning session, the cold, bare tuning room lit up with tuners flashing orange and green as guitarists scrambled to get their instrument to the perfect pitch. Seconds before the ensemble began their final practice run, guitarron player Novis Lim (17S03M) shot her hand up, calling for the conductor — something was wrong with her strings.

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