Restored cathedral resounds again with Christmas cheer at choral concert
The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ performing during the Dec 11 Christmas concert. The choir entertained the audience with a repertoire of songs which included a choreographed medley of carols in different languages.
By Jared Ng
The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd reverberated with exuberant music and song as the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ staged its Home for Christmas concert.
Audience members were entertained with a wide repertoire of songs which included a choreographed medley of carols from more than 30 countries.
The concert held on Dec 11, was the first Christmas concert to be staged in the cathedral after its restoration. It also saw the more-than-70-strong choir sing a Christmas carol for Singapore titled Light to the World, composed by the choir’s founder and director Dr Peter Low.
Audience members joined in popular Christmas carols such as Silent Night and Joy to the World.
Archbishop William Goh posing with Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, and his wife Ms Diana Ong (in red). Also in the photo are (front row from left) Dr Peter Low, Msgr Philip Heng, Mrs Linda Low, Msgr Francis Lau, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli (second row, third from right) and representatives of foreign delegations.
To promote peace and harmony between nations, a segment during the concert saw representatives of various foreign delegations decorate a sculpture, called the Tree of Peace, with miniature flags of their country.
About 36 representatives were present including those from Brazil, Finland and Germany.
The miniature flag of Singapore was placed by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. Archbishop William Goh then blessed the Tree of Peace.
Representatives of the various foreign delegations
decorated a sculpture, called the Tree of Peace,
with miniature flags of their country as a symbol of peace between nations.
Part of the love offerings collected that evening went to the maintenance of the cathedral as well as its social mission outreach programme for the poor.
The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ had its beginnings as the Youth Choir at the Church of St Michael in 1965. It went over to the Church of the Risen Christ in 1971 and then to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in 2002.
Cathedral’s Christmas attractions
LARGE NATIVITY SCENE: This large Nativity scene, which features the town of Bethlehem, can be found in the Annex Building of the cathedral. Some of its highlights are the manger, the three Kings who came to pay Jesus homage and the inn which had no room for Mary and Joseph.
LIGHTED ANGELS: Twenty-six lighted angel figures can be found around the cathedral’s compound. “They are there to attract people to the cathedral but to also act as religious icons symbolising a spiritual Christmas,” said Msgr Philip Heng, cathedral rector.