Cedar Handbell Ensemble (CHE) was established in 2000, being one of the eight privileged schools to own handbells and handchimes. As of January 2018, the Ensemble consists of 56 ringers, from Level One to Four.
In 2011, Cedar Girls Secondary School were the only school to be awarded the coveted Gold with Honours in Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging. Since then, we have been receiving much compliments and opportunities to perform and showcase our works. Under the tutelage of Mr Damien Lim, a very prominent figure in Singapore and international handbell industry, our handbell team continues to grow from strength to strength.
Over the years, CHE had the honour to collaborate and learn from many professionals in the music scene, including RingTouch from Hong Kong, Ministry of Bellz from Singapore, and famous conductors such as Miss Emily Li from Hong Kong, Mr Malcolm Wilson from Scotland and Mr Toshikazu Yoshida, a world renowned conductor, from Japan. These professionals have benefitted our ringers with their invaluable insights and advice.
In 2014, CHE was given the opportunity to showcase our skills through the Community Chest Care & Share SG50 Lightup Ceremony (Christmas lightup by H.E President Tony Tan). In 2015, we also had the privilege and honour to perform for the 16th ASEAN Culture and Information (COCI) Sub-Committee for Culture (SCC) meetings in June, and the Peranakan Arts Festival in November. CHE was honoured to be chosen to perform for the MTV of the SYF 2017 Virtual Music Clip. In 2018, CHE had performed in the MOB concert and Nexilius concert in support of the Singapore’s Association for the deaf. Such experiences not only build up our skills and expand our horizons, it also instils more confidence in us for public performance.
CHE was awarded the SYF Certificate of Distinction for 2013, 2015 & again in 2017.