An upcoming music concert at the Church of St Mary of the Angels will feature original compositions as well as much-loved gospel and pop songs.
Local musician Terence Castillo, a parishioner of the Church of Divine Mercy, said he decided to hold the Aug 20 concert to “bring music to people to make them feel good and connect ... with God”.
Castillo, the main singer at the event, will be backed up by a four-piece band; The Seraphim Choir, a local church choir; and Jurane Solano, a 22-year-old female parishioner of St Mary’s.
The concert is titled GIG, short for “God is Good”, and also a play on the word “gig”, which means a musical event.
When asked about the songs he was going to perform, Castillo said he would rather not give these away before the concert as he wanted to surprise people with a mix of uplifting secular and Christian songs.
“This concert is not a praise and worship session, rather it is an evening to experience God and friendships through music,” he said. “Through this concert I hope to spread the Good News through music for everyone, not just Catholics.”
Castillo said he hopes to have a series of concerts in churches after this one. “Through such concerts I hope to create an awareness of a music ministry where singers and musicians can be professionally sustained,” he said.
Castillo, a father of three, started his music career in 1987 as a lead vocalist with bands at night spots. He stopped singing in 1992 and worked as an events producer after a neck injury.
He took up his music career in 2004, after being talent-spotted by a music agency, and sang in hotels. He also performed in two concerts at The Esplanade in 2009 and 2010.
“It was a gradual move for me – from secular music to pop and gospel music,” he shared. “I used to sing the hymn How Great Thou Art at the hotels where I worked and often got requests from guests to perform that song.”
Adrian Wong, 23, choir master of The Seraphim Choir, told CatholicNews that he’s “passionate about music and this drive to lead the choir is not from me but through God’s grace”.
Solano, who will be performing three songs, said: “The whole concert’s spiritual. Music’s the best and probably the only way I can really connect with Him.”
By Martin See