Raffles Institution

String Ensemble

  • photograph by Raffles Photography & Art Club (Year 1-4)

    Raffles Institution String Ensemble (RISE) was formed in 2001. It caters to the needs of talented string players in Raffles Institution and has a complementary role in enriching the school's Music Education Programme.

    The ensemble puts up at least one public concert every year. Other activities include the school's 'Arts @ Atrium', and busking at Orchard Road to raise funds for the underprivileged. 

    Over the years the RISE also organised Master Classes for its members. Masters include Mr Hajime Teri Murai, Director of Orchestras from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Mr Gordan Nikolitch, Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Ms Yumi Scott, member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mr Peter Esswood, Head of Strings from the Royal Welsh College of Music.

    Achievements and Highlights

    Raffles Trail

    The students put up a performance for the Year 1 students – the performance included pieces such as Joe Hisaishi’s My Neighbour Totoro and familiar favourites from Star Wars.


    Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2017

    Distinction Award – the ensemble presented two pieces: 1) Funeral March from Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten and 2) Andante con moto from Serenade for Strings, Op. 6 by Josef Suk.


    Open House

    The students performed two pieces: Joe Hisaishi’s My Neighbour Totoro and Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen.


    RI String Ensemble Primary Schools Camp 2017

    The camp saw 18 participants from 13 different primary schools and the ensemble worked on a selection of familiar favourites over three days which culminated in a camp concert on 27 May.


    Concert tour to Hong Kong

    RISE will be embarking on a trip to Hong Kong in November-December 2017, which will involve performances and school exchanges.

    Teacher Mentors

    Dr Ruth Rodrigues

    Mr Ong Chiau Jin

    Ms Tan Lok Huang