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Guitar Ensemble

Introduction

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The Dunman Guitar Ensemble, led by instructor Mr. Kevin Yeo, is a prominent performing arts CCA in the school. In 2011, the Dunman Guitar Ensemble clinched the Gold with Honours award. In 2013 and 2017, they achieved the Certificate of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival. The ensemble also clinched the Certificate of Accomplishment in the Singapore Youth Festival in 2015.

The Dunman Guitar Ensemble has often been invited to perform for school events and public events. For instance, the ensemble performed at the Esplanade Concourse in November 2014 and July 2016. We also hold our Joint Concerts with other Performing Arts CCAs at the PLMGSS Auditorium in 2016 and at the Esplanade Concert Hall in 2018.

In 2012, the Guitar Ensemble even had the chance to travel to Melbourne, Australia, to perform and learn from likewise musicians. This trip not only provided members with a fun & interesting learning experience, but also gave them a greater chance to bond with one another.

The Dunman Guitar Ensemble adopts the Niibori Instrumentation that hails from Fujisawa, Tokyo. The variety of guitars used in our ensemble follows that of an orchestra and are known as the Soprano, Alto, Alto Cembalo, Prime, Bass, Contrabass and even the Guitarron! These guitars produce very different sounds, which widen the orchestral range of the songs produced by the Ensemble, and allow them to produce much more refined and interesting music. This is definitely a unique feature of Dunman's Guitar Ensemble, as not every school has such a privilege.

Practice is held every week on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-6pm, where new songs are frequently being introduced to the students, so they are always learning new pieces, and will never get bored of old ones. Different genres of songs are played by the ensemble, from classical pieces such as ‘Symphony No. 1’ by Felix Mendelssohn to folk pieces such as ‘Yagibushi’, a Japanese Folk Song by Masaaki Hayakawa and even modern pop pieces like “Haru Haru”, "Little Talks" and "Safe & Sound". These songs relate very much to the members and they definitely enjoy playing it as well. The lively and enthusiastic atmosphere of the ensemble in each practice never fails to bring a smile to every one of the members' faces, as they laugh, learn and enjoy the music together.

The Dunman Guitar Ensemble, which encompasses of fun and valuable learning opportunities allows one to not only benefit from it, but will definitely create unforgettable memories in one’s secondary school experience as well!

Achievements

2017

Singapore Youth Festival 2017
Certificate of Distinction

2015

Singapore Youth Festival 2015
Certificate of Accomplishment

2013


Singapore Youth Festival 2013
Certificate of Distinction

2012

6th Singapore Guitar Competition 2012
Conductor Third Placing for Best Student Conductor (Kong Yit Phin of 4B, 2012)

6th Singapore Guitar Competition 2012
Encouragement Award

2011

Singapore Youth Festival 2011
Gold with Honours Award

Trainings

Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm - 6pm.