The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ waving palm branches

By Christopher Khoo

It was billed as the Singapore version of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play held in Bavaria, Germany, every 10 years. And the Easter cantata put on by the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ certainly had its inspiring moments.

Titled The Crib, The Cross, The Crown, the March 24 concert traced musically and dramatically the events in Christ’s life from Palm Sunday right up to His resurrection.

The concert, produced and directed by the choir’s founder-director, Sir Dr Peter Low, unfolded in two parts.

The first part, which saw choir members entering the cathedral waving palm branches, was a selection of sacred choral music, both traditional and contemporary. The songs ranged from Palestrina’s “Adoramus Te” to
Jimmy Owens’ “He Died For Us”.

The second half of the concert was a dramatic presentation of Christ’s Passion and resurection and saw choir members dressed in period costumes. Major characters such as Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Pontius Pilate were played by choir members with tremendous musical and dramatic support from the rest of the choir, who took on the role of the crowd.

The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ portraying Christ’s Passion during their Easter cantata.

According to Sir Dr Low, the choir stages this cantata every eight years.

The concert raised funds for the cathedral’s social mission programme. 

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