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Annual SPP Choir Retreat: May 1st, 2019

Our Music Director Kenneth Wee leading us through “Bro. James’ Air”
(Photo Credit: SPP Choir Media Team)

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)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lady of Mount Carmel Scapular

This weekend, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Sts. Peter & Paul, since we are under the pastorship of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD).

After the Mass, there will be a candlelit procession around the compound of the church accompanied by the recitation of the rosary and Marian antiphons / hymns. At the end of the procession, there will be the investiture of the Brown Scapular.

A limited number of the Missalette (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) will be made available as you enter the main entrance of the church for the Saturday 5:30pm Mass. Feel free to download, print and bring your own. Read More…

An Invitation: Casual Workshop

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Did you know:

  • that there are many ways to change the way you sound to fit the purpose of what you are attempting to communicate?
  • you could use your diaphragm to “throw” your voice and project it into the entire church without the use of microphones?
  • the Sound of Music has been teaching music to generations of people just by listening to “Do-Re-Mi”?

Come and “Discover Your Voice” as well as pick up “Basic Music Reading” skills at a casual workshop with our choir’s Music Director, Kenneth Wee.

We’d like to welcome and invite you to get-to-know us 🙂
Saturday, 30th April 2016
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8, Level 2 Parish Building
Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, SIngapore

Register here.

10 Steps to Rediscover and Recover

I have been asked on several occasions on where to start the journey of rediscovering the Catholic traditions for the Mass (in the Ordinary Form). And in several conversations with various individuals who sincerely seek to come to terms with accepting the teachings of the Magisterium, very often there is difficulty in letting go the favoured and popular music that have become staple in our Catholic Mass.

Here are possibly (though not exhaustive) 10 topics that have been repeatedly mentioned at length in various formation talks, workshops, seminars that I have attended in the past as well as books and documents that I have had the privilege of reading – all summarized for the eager beaver 🙂

(All sources are from cited bibliography unless otherwise stated.)

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