The Risen Christ Youth Symphony performing a concert in aid of Assisi Hospice. Photos: BENEDICT LAU

A concert in aid of Assisi Hospice has raised more than $19,000 to help it meet operational expenses when its new expanded facilities open in January.

Musicae Misericordiae Vultus (“music celebrating the face of the mercy of God”) was organised by the Risen Christ Youth Symphony (RCYS) in collaboration with the Christus Laudatur Voce Choir (CLVC), from the Risen Christ parish.

The Nov 25 event, held at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, also saw RCYS conductor Dr Aloysius Leong curating pieces across sacred, classical and contemporary genres to commemorate the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The 47 musicians and 39 choir members delighted the audience with a repertoire that included Ancient Ritual by Elliot del Borgo, The Lord’s Prayer arranged by Albert Hay Malotte and a Christmas Medley by John Cacavas.

The concert also saw young talents from the orchestra performing violin solos.

However, the highlight of the evening was the theme song from the movie Prince of Egypt, When You Believe by Stephen Schwartz, which featured vocal talents from the CLVC choir.

During the concert, Sr Geraldine Ee from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, which runs the hospice, shared that the mission of the facility is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill regardless of age, race, religion or financial situation.

The Christus Laudatur Voce Choir (CLVC) performing at the concert on Nov 25.

RCYS was formed five years ago at the Church of the Risen Christ in Toa Payoh by Dr Leong under the spiritual direction of Fr John Sim. Its main mission is to perform quality concerts to raise funds for worthy causes. The orchestra has musicians as young as nine years old, and also includes professional musicians who offer their time and talents to mentor the younger players.

While it is a Catholic orchestra, it welcomes musicians regardless of race, language or religion.

Previous concerts were held in the Church of the Risen Christ. However, this year, with the support of Franciscan Fr Clifford Augustine, parish priest of the Church of St Mary of the Angels, RCYS decided to hold the concert at this parish to help the audience better experience the Franciscan spirituality.

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