SINGAPORE – Youth choirs from four parishes combined their talents to produce the concert titled “Juventus” at the Victoria Concert Hall on Dec 19. In addition to entertaining and uplifting the audience, among whom was Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the concert provided an opportunity for the youth to forge friendships, share experiences and gain exposure to different types of sacred music.
Cheryl Tang of Christus Laudatur Voce Choir (CLVC) said, “I made new friends from other churches and we managed to learn new things from other choirs.”
The youth have learnt to sing together in a large choir and by tackling pieces of greater technical dif?culty than usual, they have improved as individual singers as well as a choir, said John Goh from the the Archdiocesan Liturgical Music Committee, which organised the concert.
In addition to the CLVC from Church of the Risen Christ, the other three choirs were the St. Francis Xavier Youth Choir from Church of St. Francis Xavier, the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir from Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Genesis II Choir from Church of the Holy Family.
The evening's wide repertoire ranged from Christmas favourites such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Joy to the World” to the classical “Panis Angelicus”.
The St. Francis Xavier Youth Choir also presented an original medley of songs composed by their choral director Denis Leong.
Some of the choral pieces were accompanied on the piano or on the pipe organ, while some were sung a capella. Accompanying the choirs on the Klais pipe organ was John Venables, the head of music at St. Joseph?s Institution International. He also performed three solo pieces.
The committee intends to hold similar events again and hopes that the participating choirs will continue to be a part of future combined youth choir projects. “This way, we can work towards perfecting the gifts which God has given to our young people for the service of his Church,” said John Goh.
- By Andre Theng