We find it a meaningful experience to bring some Christmas warmth and cheer to the residents of the Assisi Hospice. For many of the choristers, it might be their first time visiting the wards of the hospice. What surprises us is the annual tradition the staff from each Ward would up their game on some really serious Christmas decoration. Their creativity transforms each Ward into a walk through Christmas Wonderland using recycled materials! Wow!
Wishing all the residents a joy-filled time of Christmas. May the love of God fill your hearts and grant you renewed hope for you and your loved ones. May the Lord look kindly upon all the staff at the hospice, and look after their every need.
This year, the choir had the privilege of travelling to Hanoi, Vietnam as part of their overseas choral exchange with choirs in the CHORUM program (19th November – 24th November 2019).
The choir’s CHORUM program grew from their desire to progress their education and development in nurturing the beauty of Sacred Music, while also promoting friendship with choirs in the region. The program was first implemented in June of 2018 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This year, the choir is very fortunate to have the Hanoi Catholic Youth Choir (HCYC) host them.
The Hanoi Catholic Youth Choir is currently under the batonship of Ms. Dieu Vu, assisted by Mr. Quang Son-He. The choir was formed in 2015 and serves at the parish of Thai Ha Church (Dong Da). They have been awarded accolades from various performances, as well as their annual participation at the Vietnam International Choir Competition (Hoi An).
Members from SPP CHOIR departed Singapore for Hanoi on 19th November 2019, and met up with their hosts on 20th November for a series of Voice Masterclasses with Mrs. Thang Long, a Meritorious Artist and a leading Soprano in Vietnam. Various voices had the opportunity to receive coaching from her and were surprised at how quick they were able to achieve results under her guidance.
Both choirs presented two evenings of concerts to full-house audiences at the Cua Bac Church and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi. Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (RV589) was the highlight at the concert hosted by the Cua Bac Church, while a mixed palette of chants, Sacred Polyphonies, choral anthems and Solo arias were presented at the Cathedral in their 2nd concert.
While we thoroughly had a fruitful and enjoyable time with a mix of fellowship, choir rehearsals, workshops, exchange of ideas with their Vietnam counterparts, the members of SPP Choir also squeezed in time to also see the city’s sights. Many extended their trip after CHORUM to venture farther out of Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, as well as to Sapa.
It would be another memorable experience, and friendships that will continue to grow.
We wish to express our thanks and appreciations to the musicians who accompanied both choirs while we performed Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (RV 589). To the rectors of both Cua Bac Church and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi for their warm hospitality and after concert parties. Our heartfelt appreciations to the members of Hanoi Catholic Youth Choir and their families. And finally, to Ms. Dieu for the months of legwork and co-ordination to prepare and organize our experience in Hanoi.
We had a blast the weekend before leaving for CHORUM 2019: Hanoi. Celebrating the choir’s 35th anniversary – we laughed, we teased, we drank, we caught up. We forged deeper friendships, and enjoyed each other’s fellowship.
The choir was founded in 1984 by Mr. Thomas Tan, a music scholar under the sponsorship of MOE in the 1960s, and now serving as a member of the Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion. We owe what we have today to the earlier members and pioneers of this choir.
And now, we also appreciate our leaders, especially Christopher See who has been at the helm since 2005 being our choir’s Chairman. We thank our choristers for their patient dedication and diligence in support of the Choral Development Program. Finally, our benefactors, patrons and members of the parish who have supported and sustained us by their prayers and encouragement.
May we continue to help her grow, and benefit the parish community of Sts. Peter & Paul (Singapore), and may our contributions add to her legacy for many generations to come.
When the wedding of the Head of the Parish Liturgy Committee coincides with the Feast Day of the Parish… that’s one major double-happiness event on the calendar for the parish.
Alex has been a dedicated servant of the parish: being involved since his young childhood as an Altar Server, then moving on to lead the Altar Servers, being involved as a youth leader in the parish with the Arise! Youth Ministry, leading classes as a catechist, organizing church camps and formation programs, gradually invited to serve in the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, and in 2013 leading the Parish Liturgy Committee.
We were very honored to have been invited by him and his wife to assist in the music for the Eucharistic Celebration on the morning of 29th June 2019 at the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul. Teaming up with various stringed musicians to provide a chamber ensemble (under the leadership of well-esteemed Dr. Aloysius Leong), the choir employed repertoire spanning from Gregorian Chant [for the Ordinaries & Propers of the Mass] to hymn anthem orchestral compositions of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” [Joseph M. Martin] and “Then Sings My Soul (How Great Thou Art)” [McDonald/Lawrence].
We wish Alex and Kelly a blessed journey in marriage, to build a loving family, and grow as an inspiration to other couples.
We had a fruitful time on the recent Labour Day public holiday (May 1st, 2019) at our annual choir retreat.
Each year on Labour Day, the choir organizes a day’s worth of programs to help our choristers and guests with choral rehearsal technique, interpretation of music, vocal rudiments and technique, liturgy and musicianship.
Throughout the day, we were thrilled with games by our President Christopher See in numerous ice-breakers. Coming for rehearsals and singing for the Masses weekly, seldom presents the opportunity to get to know our members better, and it was real fun to know some pretty weird stuff in each others’ lives!
Our student conductor, Roger Lee got us all prepped and ready with some warm-up exercises before we got serious with the meat of the morning’s program.
This year, we were delighted to have Benedict Goh, FLCM (Choral Conducting) take us through a class on music interpretation and choral intonation. We worked on “The Lord’s My Shepherd (Bro. James’ Air)”, and “Regina Caeli” (Antonio Lotti).
In the afternoon, our Music Director Kenneth Wee, Dip.LCM (Choral Conducting) led us through an awareness and the sensibilities of the liturgy surrounding the Catholic Requiem Mass.
Ending the day, Kenneth pushed us out of our comfort zones by using our voices to improvise music together – and we came out with 4 new pieces in mere minutes!
We couldn’t have been more blessed on a Labour Day! 🙂
(More photos here)
Get your copy of the chants and music accompanying the liturgy for one of the holiest nights of the Catholic calendar: the Easter Vigil.
This year, Sts. Peter & Paul Choir are honoured to sing for the liturgy and the repertoire includes:
– Christus Factus Est (Anerio)
– Sicut Cervus (Palestrina)
– Regina Caeli (Lotti)
– Crown Him with Many Crowns (Larson)
Also, chants accompanying the liturgy include the Ordinaries from Mass VIII (de Angelis), and the Vidi Aquam – not forgetting the Exsultet (Easter Proclamation).
Come and experience this most solemn occasion with us.
Download the missalette below:
If you will be visiting the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Singapore for the Good Friday service in English, 3pm, please feel free to refer to the following resources as the Passion will be chanted.
This afternoon, the Sts. Peter & Paul Choir, together with the Ad Orientem Solisti Orchestra will present the “Gloria” as interpreted by Fr. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).
To follow the proceedings, feel free to download a copy of the missalette. We wish you a joyful end of the year, and a promising 2019 ahead.