The Daughters of St Paul made a cameo appearance during the Sept 9 concert. From left: Sr Theresa Lim, Sr Wendy Ooi and Sr Gesuina Mariko Ogata.

By Theresa Khoo

As the haunting tune of a bagpipe pierced a packed Church of Sts Peter and Paul, the audience strained to see where the music was coming from. A young man in tartan kilt marched in from the front left of the church, playing Amazing Grace, and was soon joined by two singers mouthing the familiar words.

This opening act to the God’s Spirit in Song Concert unveiled an evening of diverse music as six singing groups in the archdiocese came together with several guests to give praise to God and raise funds over two consecutive Saturdays for the building projects of the Cenacle Sisters and the Daughters of St Paul.

The concerts were held on Sept 2 for the Cenacle Sisters and Sept 9 for the Daughters of St Paul.

The groups included the God’s Spirit in Song Core Group; ONEworship; Quickpick Band; Angels Voices from St Mary of the Angels parish; St Cecilia Choral Group, a Chinese ministry group in the archdiocese; and acapella group Filipino Voice Symphony.

Scheut Missions Fr Kamelus Kamus and sopranos Shu Chia-Chien and Lin Li Ying also participated in the concert.

The audience was treated to a wide genre of music, ranging from crowd pleasers such as Like a Deer and What a Beautiful Name, to pop songs such as Hallelujah and Sailing, to soundtracks such as Nella Fantasia from the movie The Mission.

Organised by a committee which included Carmelite Fr Thomas Lim and Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sr Mary Chua, and led by concert director Dr Reginald Teo, the concert was 16 months in the making.

“After this first concert,” said Dr Teo, “we are keen to explore opportunities to put on concerts for other causes. The experience will further build the bonds of understanding and friendship among the performing groups.”

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