Arts & Culture News
Golden Horse Awards
Translated by: Ethan Sim (20A12)
We would like to congratulate Hwa Chong alumnus Tan Boon Wah for being the first Singaporean who has clinched the Best Original Film Song award at the recent 57th Golden Horse Awards. His song entitled Your Name Engraved Herein has since then, garnered more than 14 million views on YouTube.
In an interview with Mr Tan, he shared how his school life made a lasting impact on his career and life. Discovering his flair for composing during a Secondary 2 school camp, Hwa Chong’s rich Chinese heritage and bilingual culture led him to have a better understanding of the prosodic features of the Chinese language; which in turn made it easier for him to match his Chinese lyrics to his composed melodies. The school’s core value of having a relentless pursuit for excellence has also been deeply embedded in him, becoming a philosophy that he stands by in both his work and life.
Mr Tan started spending more time on musical composition at university. However, this passion took a hiatus for more than a decade till 2016 due to work commitments. Yet, the extensive life experience that he attained due to this respite made his musical pieces more replete with deep emotion.
In his interview, Mr Tan expressed his hopes for his juniors in Hwa Chong. To him, the period of youth is the best time to find one’s passion in life, and he hopes that his juniors can make the best out of their youth. His advice to his juniors is to do their best and seize opportunities that come their way, so as to live with no regrets.
黄俊恒 、赵陈安新 20A12
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