Commentary

High and Low Notes: The Lives of Professional Musicians

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By Mirella Ang (22A01C) 

The last concert I played with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) was with a soloist whom the management was incredibly excited about. The SNYO head even told us that “[watching him play] has been one of [her] life’s dreams”. But judging by the politely blank expressions of some fellow musicians, I wasn’t the only one who had no idea how big a deal he was. 

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Setting Journalism Alight: A Review of “Writing With Fire”

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By Faith Ho (22A01A)

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Nowhere is this more apparent than a scene in Writing With Fire, where journalist Meera Devi video-interviews a rising youth political leader who demonstrates pulling out a sword. The blade’s edges catch the straggling lines of light in the dark space as it arcs in the small space. She only looks at him unflinchingly. 

Writing With Fire is a critically acclaimed documentary that delves into Khabar Lahariya, a small independent journalism company in India run by women in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2022 Oscars, and is a 2021 Sundance Film Festival Winner. Among its other glowing reviews, it was also chosen as the New York Times’ Critics’ Pick. 

All for good reason—it is an incisive and inspiring look into the power of journalism. 

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Sustainable Futures with Erik Solheim

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By Duncan Phang (22A13B) and Lim Yong Le (22S03M)

“Hello Singapore!” echoed across the Performing Arts Centre, greeting a rapturous audience of Rafflesians who enthusiastically cheered in response. Was this a BTS concert? No, it was actually the RI Sustainable Futures Talk featuring Mr. Erik Solheim, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former Minister of the Environment in the Norwegian government. His talk received an equally effusive response, evidenced by the barrage of questions from students eager to glean insights from his vast experience in working to improve the global environment. 

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Ori’22 Behind-The-Scenes Podcast Episode 3: OGLs

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By Mei Feifei (22A13A), Mirella Ang (22A01C)

With hosting by Hong Wan Jing (22S06F), and guests Go Maomi Rosseli (22A13A), Megan Sierra Chan (22A13B), Trevor Lee (22A13A), Yu Xuan Tan (22S07A)

Orientation is undoubtedly a wonderful highlight for most Year 5s coming into RI, fresh from their secondary school days. But what really went on behind-the-scenes? How did the Year 6s make the programme run so smoothly? Was everything as wondrous as they had hoped? We invited 15 Year 6s involved in this year’s Orientation to spill the tea on everything Wonderland.

This is Episode #3 of the Press Podcast: Ori’22 Edition.

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Ori’22 Behind-The-Scenes Podcast Episode 2: Dance Team

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By Mei Feifei (22A13A), Mirella Ang (22A01C)

With guests Chin Hui Fang (22S03H), Derek Huang (22S02A), Shermaine Lim (22S03N), Vienna Fiorella Anong (22S06Q)

Orientation is undoubtedly a wonderful highlight for most Year 5s coming into RI, fresh from their secondary school days. But what really went on behind-the-scenes? How did the Year 6s make the programme run so smoothly? Was everything as wondrous as they had hoped? We invited 15 Year 6s involved in this year’s Orientation to spill the tea on everything Wonderland.

This is Episode #2 of the Press Podcast: Ori’22 Edition.

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