ADVENT CONCERT | 21 Dec 2014

A special evening of sacred music at our church this Advent! It will be in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul at our parish. Cappella Martialis, formed in 2011, is an ensemble of singers from different faith backgrounds enthused about the lesser-known gems of the choral tradition – from the Baroque period and before. The group performs sacred music as well as secular music.


Sopranos

Francesca Wong, a human resource manager, started singing with her school choirs and that opened her passion for music. She now sings in the choir of The Church of the Holy Cross, at the 11.15am Sunday Mass.

Sophia Loke works as a visual arts manager by day, negotiating the use and abuse of art. She is passionate about sacred music and would like to share with others the divine joy that it inspires. Her knowledge of liturgical music was shaped by a decade with the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Altos

Inspired by the words of Psalm 98:4, Seah Su-Lyn’s life ambition is to find as many ways as possible to “shout for joy to the Lord”. When initial attempts to find a proper spiritual vocation failed, she started learning bell ringing, only to find she had no real pulling power. And just when she was hanging by the ropes, she discovered sacred music.

It is quite by accident that Emma Goh was roped in to be part of this Advent concert. When she’s not getting lost in pages of fiction or hitting the yoga mat, Emma will (occasionally) tinker on the piano. She works in the arts education sector and is learning to play the zhongruan, a Chinese plucked instrument.

With no singing background, Janice Zhang, an arts administrator, is not one whom her friends would normally associate with choral singing. This Christmas concert is the debut performance for this alto singer.

Tenors

Victor Gan has had his liturgical music shaped by the Anglican cathedral tradition during his time in college, along with doses of Anglo-Catholic polyphony and Benedictine chant. Singing regularly in London in several choirs for a decade led him to want to continue singing early sacred music, and he founded Cappella Martialis on his return to Singapore.

Vernon Chan started out singing with the Singapore Life Church under a choir mistress, a former missionary in Africa, who believed the Lord could be equally glorified through metrical psalms, Taize community music, Sacred Harp singing, and Gregorian chant.

With a passion for singing, Charlie Chew, a civil servant, serves as a backup vocalist in a choir at a Pentecost church in Singapore.

Bass

When he was a cheeky child, Edward Yong was told to imitate the angels, and he went on to take up singing and playing the lute. He spent about a decade in London, while a student and then lecturer, joining various random ensembles from Orthodox cathedral choirs to Renaissance dance bands. He teaches Latin and biblical Greek, and remains very cheeky.

Tay Jia Qi is an amateur hobbyist who enjoys a wide range of a cappella music. This Advent, he is excited to sing a repertoire that includes familiar carols as well as early period music. When the mood strikes, he also enjoys playing the piano.

Roger Etienne Lee, baritone, sings and cantors at the sunset Mass at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, and the evening Mass at Church of St Bernadette. By day, he is an educator, teaching English and music to students aged 10 to 17.

Organist

Passionate about liturgical music and the pipe organ in liturgy, Andre Joseph Theng has been an organist in several Catholic parishes for the past eight years. He is pursuing a degree in linguistics at the National University of Singapore.