SCS at the Singapore Choral Festival

Schola Cantorum Singapore was proud to be invited for the Singapore Choral Festival organized by Konzert, on 5th August 2018 (Sunday), 5 pm, at Victoria Concert Hall.

Under our artistic director Mr. Albert Tay, SCS performed alongside other outstanding local choirs, namely Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir, The ACJC Alumni Choir, The Graduate Singers, The Vocal Consort, Victoria Chorale and Vox Camerata. The choir was also happy to be responsible for the Singaporean premiere of “Twinkle Star”, an adaptation of the beloved children’s nursery rhyme by local composer Ms. Liong Kit Yeng (who also appeared as a member of the audience). The choir also performed Hyo-Won Woo’s arrangement of Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower), as well as Albert Tay’s Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord).

The choir’s performance also marked Michi-san’s last performance with us before he returns home to Japan. Michi-san is a wonderful tenor who sang with us in many productions and gigs over the past three years, including the milestone production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. We will miss him dearly, and wish him and his family all the best!

Many responded positively to the performance, with members of publicsending praises the performance through their friends.

“From a very objective point of view, your choir is the best!” – Shannon

“I prefer your group performance because 茉莉花 and Twinkle Star have a nostalgic feel. I grew up with these songs and they rekindled memories.” – Wai Ling

“The festival was exhilarating with heavyweights like the Victoria Chorale and the ACJC Alumni Choir, offering exceptional modern contemporary piecea but it was Schola Cantorum Singapore that stole my heart.

The crisp tones Twinkle Star remake struck like stars in night while 茉莉花 bloomed graciously with a clear and crisp finale. Whoever pulled that off was definitely the star of the day.” – Sam

Members of SCS also shared their thoughts on the performance.

“I felt that the pieces given are challenging, especially Ms. Liong’s Twinkle Star. With the few of us, I wasn’t sure whether we could pull it off. However, after we stepped off the stage, I believe we did the song justice…” –Michelle Yap, Alto SL

“It was interesting having a mixture of familiar and new repertoire. Although it was our third time doing 茉莉花, this was the most enjoyable experience as it felt like the choir and soloist were in sync, and we could bring out the music. This was our first time doing Laudate Dominum completely a cappella, which gave a new twist to the piece. It was a great honour for us to premiere a beautiful work like Twinkle Star. The choir enjoyed the work and hopefully, we did justice to Kit Yeng!” – Ang Shen Ting, Bass SL

“Singing as one of the guest choirs at the (Singapore) Choral Festival was a short and sweet experience. It was also very interesting to premiere Leong Kit Yengs Twinkle Star… In the wonderful acoustics of the Victoria Concert Hall, the song was extra twinkly and star-like.” – Marie Anne Chia, Alto ASL

“It was a good experience to participate in a performance featuring many other skilled and seasoned singers, looking forward to more of such opportunities!” – Avinash Vellavan, Bass

After the performance, our Artistic Director, Albert Tay caught up with Ms. Liong Kit Yeng to hear from the composer how she felt about the performance in a video.

Schola Cantorum Singapore would like to take the opportunity to thank Konzert for allowing us the opportunity to perform at the Singapore Choral Festival, as well as fellow performers for the beautiful performances that evening, and last but not the least to composer Ms. Liong Kit Yeng for her kind words and effort to help shape the song to the way she intended it to be.

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Pictures were taken by Yang Xinyan