The Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) String Ensemble was first established in 1998. Known for its musical excellence and creativity, the ensemble has staged numerous well-received concerts at prominent venues such as Chijmes Hall, Drama Centre, Singapore Art Museum, Victoria Concert Hall, and the Esplanade.
In the last decade, the ACJC String Ensemble has consistently been awarded the Certificate of Distinction at the biennial Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. In 2017, the ensemble had the honour of hosting and collaborating with our sister schools, Tezukayama High School, Japan (THS) and Immanuel College, Australia in a joint concert, ‘Celebrate!’. In line with ACJC's 40th anniversary, the ensemble also had the privilege to record and perform the newly arranged ACS anthem put together by ACJC's alumnus Peter Gale, conducted by Mr. Seow Yibin. In 2019, the ensemble together with the ACJC Choir embarked on a trip to Osaka, Japan, to engage in a cultural exchange with THS to celebrate 30 years of friendship between ACJC and THS.
Besides giving voice to the great traditions of western classical music, the ensemble aims to promote 20th and 21st-century string repertoire, especially that of our gifted local composers. The ACJC String Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Yang Zheng Yi, is committed to using the gift of music, which God has blessed us with to share the joy of music with the larger community. Indeed, the best is yet to be as we build an ensemble that strives to steward musical excellence!
A student’s perspective:
“Joining ACSE was the best decision! ACSE has provided us with a platform to develop an appreciation for music and allowed us to make many new friends. Even though we had to proceed with online rehearsals after a month of meeting face to face, we remained resilient and even produced a video of the ensemble performing “We’re All In This Together”, to encourage our peers to stay strong. With the Covid-19 measures gradually being lifted, we were given an opportunity to perform at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s Christmas Light Up in December 2020. This motivated us as we were able to bless the community with our music and it provided us with a much-treasured experience before the highly anticipated SYF and annual concert Kronos in 2021.”