Aussie choir treats Parañaque faithful to free concert

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PARAÑAQUE City, April 10, 2015—It does not always happen that people get free concerts these days, especially one that perfectly blends music and faith.  But just last night, the Parañaque faithful were treated to one.

Excelsis sings to the Parañaque faithful last Easter Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Photo: Raymond Sebastian)

Led by conductor Tom Buchanan, the Australia-based Catholic choral group Excelsis sang the joy of heaven and the promise of Easter on Thursday, April 9, at the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, with Heather Wickes on the piano.

The choristers performed 20 songs, many of which in languages other than English like Latin, Kenyan, Welsh, French, Xhosa, Zulu, and even Tagalog.

Passion for music

While its members are by no means professional singers, given that each has a regular day job, Buchanan explained their love for singing, as well as the commitment to what they do has brought the group together.

Some of the pieces they sang include: “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck, “Dahil Sa Iyo” by Mike Velarde, “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré, “Calon Lân” by J. Hughes, and “Gwahoddiad” by Lewis Hartsough, among many others.

Excelsis, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “highest”, has been touring the Philippines since April 5, performing at some of Manila’s most significant churches, staging private performances for the poor, and giving free concerts.

Remaining schedule

The rest of their itinerary is as follows:

  • Saturday, April 11

7:00 p.m.: One Voice for the Poor Fundraising Concert Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila

  • Sunday, April 12

11.00 a.m.: Mass at Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila

Fund-raising concert

The concert at the Manila Cathedral aims to raise funds for the “One Voice for the Poor” campaign of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Commission on Social Services and Development.

The project is in line with the ongoing “Year of the Poor,” and inspired by no less than Pope Francis himself, who visited the Philippines in January.
To book tickets, interested parties may contact Lily at (02) 563-9296, or (+63)-918-639-9121.

For other updates, visit:www.excelsis.org.au. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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