Father Stephen Yim plays the saxophone, accompanied by Jeremy Fernandez on the piano at the Church of Christ the King concert.

His talent for classical singing has led him to perform several recitals and concerts at the Arts House, Esplanade and Young Musician’s Society.

But for Christmas last year, musician Daniel Fong, a 22-year-old undergraduate, decided to put his talent to charitable use by organising a Christmas concert at the Church of Christ the King, where he is a parishioner.

The hour-long concert, titled An Evening of Carols and Sacred Music, was held on Dec 20 evening, and was the first such event for charity held in the church.

Besides Fong, another up-and-coming classical singer, Lim Yan Ting, 26, a soprano, and pianist Jeremy Fernandez, 25, also performed that night.

From familiar carols such as Away In A Manger and Silent Night to lesser known sacred music such as Howard Goldall’s The Lord Is My Shepherd, the more than 150 parishioners and friends who packed the attic of the church in Ang Mo Kio were left enraptured by the trio.

The audience was also treated to a surprise performance by the parish’s assistant priest, Father Stephen Yim, who gave a heartfelt rendition of The First Noel and Jingle Bell Rock towards the end of the concert.

More than $2,000 was raised from that one-night-only concert for the parish’s Society of St Vincent De Paul.

Said Fong, who is currently one of the two Singaporeans studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London: “This is my first charity concert. I have done a few concerts in the past, most of them showcasing classical works from composers like Schubert or Schumann. I really wanted to use my talent for God this time.”

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