Light the Way: Kaleidoscope

To conclude our college day series, the Origin* proudly presents Light the Way: Kaleidoscope!

Written by Aloysius Tng (19-U4), Athena Lim (19-A4), Dillon Phang (19-I4), Lee Keng Yan (19-U1)

Designed by Athena Lim (19-A4)

Interviewer: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photographs by: Ang Wei Ning, Asher Tan, Goh Jun Xuan, Lee Shao Yeap, Yau Yu Hao from EJ Media

Five torches came together to create a resplendent light, a majestic performance as one Eunoia. The Performing Arts CCAs truly outdid themselves.

On 11th May, Eunoia Junior College saw our third College Day, at the University Cultural Centre (UCC). The ceremony itself began at 4pm in the afternoon, the proceedings graced by the guest of honour Mr Christopher de Souza, the school administrative board, and of course the freshly minted alumnus. As the next batch of Eunoians looked on, the alumnus received their due awards, Eunoia Shining on a much grander stage. But the true highlight was arguably the performance that came after, showcasing all five of our Performing Arts CCAs: Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Dance, Drama and Choir. They came together both onstage, to present a performance that wowed the audience, and offstage.

Right before the start of the concert, our interviewer, Athena Lim, met with Arethea Lim (18-U2) from Drama, Lim Yuling (18-A1) from CO, Karis Goh (18-A3) from Choir, Rachel Lim (18-I3) from Dance, and Leslie Yip(19-I4) from Band, representatives from each CCA to find out more about their thoughts before the performance and to uncover the long road each CCA travelled to finally reach here.

The performance certainly contained several unforgettable moments, for the audience and for the performers themselves. When asked about her favourite part of the performance, Rachel from Dance said “My favourite part of the dance performance is the mass jump, where all the J1’s,  J2’s and the teachers are dancing together.” She felt that it was in this moment where she could feel the interconnectedness in every dancer, teacher and student alike, and this interconnectedness is what she had hoped to bring to the audience through her dance. Karis, on the other hand, said her favourite moment was the curtain call. That moment, when all the performers and stage hands came together as one family, was to her the most heartening and memorable moment, which she hopes everyone will keep close to their hearts.

Light the Way certainly held a lot of meaning to the CCAs who had to ensure that their performances fit the theme of the concert. While Leslie felt that their performance items did not link to the theme directly, he certainly felt that the process leading up to the performance did, with every member having the determination and perseverance to push through, his claim that it “really embodie(d) how we push(ed) through despite all the hardships to light the way”. Karis concurred, feeling that it was the process that mattered as they were a small orchestra and had to push themselves and persevere to the very end.

To many of them, this performance also offered a kind of closure, as it would be the last time that both batches would be performing together before the J2’s start preparing for their ‘A’ levels. Yuling also wished to convey a feeling of inspiration to the audience as this College Day did not come easy to all the Performing Arts groups, and hopes the audience will know how much this performance means to each and every performing arts CCA. Despite being a relatively new junior college, she wants to put Eunoia and Eunoians on the stage, and was extremely proud of how far they’d come. Leslie agreed with this, wanting to prove that Eunoia is more than able to stand, even though it is a new school.

She also hoped that the audience will be able to be engaged in the performance and receive the emotions of the pieces. With how much hard work the orchestra has put in over several months, she hopes that the audience can see the fruits of their hard work and appreciate the performance.

Karis mentions that the favourite piece she performed was O Sapientia. One reason was because of the sentimental value within this piece, as the very last piece she performed after her 10 year journey in Choir. It is also a very unique piece as it involves percussion noises on top of singing. She says, “We have parts where our hands will be clapping or shuffling to make percussive noises to add to the music, and it adds a lot to the mood and meaning of the song.”

Before we concluded the interview, we asked them how they felt about working together in one performance. To them, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to work together, in one common setting, with so many other performers and performing groups. This performance provided them with a platform to showcase to the rest of the school their hard work and passion, and possibly for them to show greater appreciation for the Performing Arts.

Though the day has passed, the performers truly did Light the Way. Blazing the trail for their juniors, their contributions and their day in the spotlight will never be forgotten.

To everyone who came down to UCC to support your fellow Eunoians, thank you! See you at next year’s College Day!

Light the Way: Symphony of Sound

What are the performing arts CCAs doing for the College Day Concert? Find out more in our ‘Light the Way’ series! The Origin* will be featuring each performing arts CCA in a series of 5 articles leading up to College Day. First up, we have EJ Band!

Written by: Aloysius Tng (19-U4), Lee Keng Yan (19-U1), Clarence Sim (19-A6)

Designed by: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photograph Taken By: Yau Yu Hao (18-I6)

In this piece, we will be showcasing our very own Eunoia Symphonic Band, a CCA that has been with us from the very start. Snagging a distinction in their very first Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) in 2017, Band has been one of Eunoia’s core aesthetic CCAs with many successful performances under their belt. With over 50 veteran members and instruments ranging from the triangle to the double bass, Eunoians are in for a treat, as they will get to see all of these in action at the University Cultural Centre on 11th May when they perform for our Eunoia College Day concert! Today, we will be interviewing the Symphonic Band President Chang Aik Chuan from 18-U1 and a dedicated J1, Zhang Runze, from 19-U4.

Party in Space, composed by Lee Jinjun is the set piece for the SYF 2019 Arts Presentations for Concert Bands. Clocking in at just over three and a half minutes, it’s not a stereotypical work of classical music that one might expect a band piece to be, with its off kilter rhythms and varying melodic contours. The piece begins with a short  but strong introduction, before rapidly transitioning into a softer passage showcasing the various brass instruments. The piece goes through several builds and climaxes; none of these are as great as the ending, when the drum set ushers in the trombone glissando and the entire band bursts into rapture, playing their own little piece of the melody.

Sea of Wisdom, composed by Daisuke Shimizu is a stunning piece that takes the listener on a sonic journey through various soundscapes. The beginning of the piece depicts an image of a  serene and tranquil ocean, with seagulls (clarinets in disguise) in one’s mind, providing an even more surreal effect. As the song progresses, the clear skies turn into a ferocious thunderstorm, as the piece gains a newfound sense of urgency and tension. After this thunderstorm, grey clouds give way to rays of sunshine as the band slowly but surely grows louder as one, finishing the piece with a majestic and triumphant series of crescendos. The most prominent part about this piece is probably the saxophone solo which is played twice as it represents a solitary voice of strength and hope; it is assuring, resolute and melodically beautiful.

The pieces are certainly fitting for the occasion, and for Symphonic Band. When asked about the significance of their participation in the College Day Concert, the response was that of hope. For Symphonic Band, the College Day concert is an opportunity to showcase their hours of sweat and work. It’s proof of their identity as a band, a harmonic cohesive that plays with one sound. Symphonic Band has been hard at work for the past few months, with our interviewees feeling that band has worked its hardest, and can say with utmost confidence that they are ready to put up a good show. This year’s College Day is going to be an almost-surreal, almost-unreal one, and Symphonic Band is determined to seize this opportunity to showcase their talents.

As we interviewed them, their excitement and determination was palpable. Aik Chuan felt that it would be a very surreal experience, as they would be transitioning from a small school stage to a prominent concert hall while Runze was evidently hyped for this performance and for everyone’s efforts to pay off.

As College Day approaches, some pieces come to their end. As the seniors prepare to hand over the baton, their wish is this: for the J1 musicians to, of course, practise hard together, but also to cherish their time together. Runze expressed deep appreciation for their seniors’ guidance and acceptance, which has eased them into the various expectations demanded of a high-level performance. Their gratitude shines through in their wish to carry on their seniors’ legacy, continuing to create Eunoia’s sound with the incoming J1s as one Band.

Gruelling months of training will culminate into one stunning performance on the 11th of May, so don’t miss the chance to witness them in action! Come down to the University Cultural Centre on that day to see all five of our Performing Arts CCAs come together to create a stellar performance for everyone!


Just in: SYF Results Release – a hearty congratulations to Symphonic Band for obtaining the Certificate of Distinction!