Raffles Institution

Chinese Orchestra

  • photo by Raffles Photography and Art Club, Year 1-4

    Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra (RICO) was founded in 1987, in line with Headmaster Mr Eugene Wijeysingha’s strong belief that Raffles Institution is becoming an international and multi-cultural school.

    RICO values the contributions of individual members, and places emphasis on excellence, commitment, passion, teamwork and discipline. RICO seeks to give every member a stake in the orchestra, and foster a conducive environment for self-discovery through immersion in the dynamic landscape of Chinese music.

    Nearing its 30th anniversary, RICO has grown to become a full, 120 member strong orchestra with 5 sections, and is an orchestra which values camaraderie and musical talent among its members. RICO has also seen many changes and reached many important milestones. These achievements would not have been possible without the guidance of our teacher-mentors, conductor and instructors. We also want to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work put in by our former teacher-mentors, Mr Chew Zichun, Ms Leon Huai Luu and Dr Hoh Chung Shih.

    Achievements and Highlights

    Public Concert at Huayi Chinese Festival of the Arts

    Voices of the Dragon (Splendour) - Public Concert at Singapore Conference Hall

    Adjudication by London College Music – Distinction Award

    VIA Performance at St Theresa’s Home for the Elderly

    VIA Interaction with Primary School Chinese Orchestras

    Hong Kong Schools Exchange and Performance at Disneyland

    Teacher Mentors

    Dr Wong Joon Hwang

    Ms Sharon Ling

    Ms Wong Chiu Chin