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South Korean choir to hold concert at St Thomas’ Cathedral

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ANGELIC VOICES: The Mothers’ Union choir performs at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The choir performed a concert series in the UK in 2008.

KUCHING: The Mothers’ Union Choir from Seoul, South Korea will hold a concert at St Thomas’ Cathedral, McDougall Road on Monday (Oct 3).

Choristers and music enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the free concert, which will begin at 7.30pm.

The 35-strong choir conducted by Professor Gabriel IH Cho will present pieces such as ‘Serve The Lord With Gladness’ by George Frideric Handel, ‘Wir Eilen Mit Schwachen’ from the Cantata ‘Jesu, Der Du Meine Seele’ by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the Korean folk song ‘Arirang’.

The Mothers’ Union Choir from the Diocese of Seoul Anglican Church was established in 1985.

The choir has held concert tours in Japan, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, including performances at St Paul’s Cathedral, London; Oxford Christ Church and the University of Kent.

Members sing in three parts — soprano, mezzo soprano and alto.

As the name indicates, all choir members are mothers.

Cho studied at the Music College of Yonsei University, Seoul and the Royal College of Music in London with Professor John Birth. He has performed a concert series in Korea of Bach’s complete organ works.

He is currently professor at Sungkonghoe (Anglican) University, director of the Korea Institute of Liturgical Music, Korean Association of Organists general director and head organist of the Anglican Cathedral Church of Korea.

Accompanying the choir will be Fides HW Lee who studied the organ at Sungkonghoe University (post-graduate). She is an organist for the Seoul Anglican Cathedral.

Those wishing to attend the concert are requested not to bring young children so performances would not be disrupted.

For details call the St Thomas’ Cathedral Parish Office on 082-242625.