Children from Magdalene’s Kindergarten performing at the combined Canossian thanksgiving and Christmas choral festival on Nov 18.

The six educational institutions of the Canossian Daughters of Charity came together to perform a Thanksgiving and Christmas Choral Festival recently.

Titled Musica Gioiosa (Joyous Music), the festival was held at the Church of the Holy Family on Nov 18. It saw children from the ages of two-and-a-half to 17 wowing the audience of 700 with their angelic voices.

The event, organised by the Canossian schools, was the first time that all six Canossian educational institutions came together for such an occasion.

They are: Magdalene’s Kindergarten, Canossian Convent Kindergarten, Canossian School, Canossa Convent Primary School and St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools.

The senior choirs of primary and secondary school students filled the church with traditional Christmas classics while the kindergarten students jingled their way into the audience’s hearts, getting everyone singing and swinging to familiar Christmas carols.

The songs performed during the evening included Joy To the World, Ave Maria, Silent Night and Miklos Kocsár’s Salve Regina.

The finale saw The Prayer of St Francis sung by the combined choirs of St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools with Sr Theresa Seow, Provincial Leader of the Canossians, taking a solo lead in the first verse.

The celebration of youthful verve marked the end of the academic school year and served as preparation for the birth of Christ.

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