Singing for world peace at cathedral's first Xmas in three years

The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ performing Mongolian song Tree Festival Song at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd last night. The song was part of the choir's concert of sacred, festive music titled Home For Christmas. More than 70 voices br
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The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ performing Mongolian song Tree Festival Song at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd last night. The song was part of the choir's concert of sacred, festive music titled Home For Christmas. More than 70 voices broke the silence that had fallen over the mother church of the Roman Catholics in Singapore for the last three years while it was closed for a complete restoration costing $40 million. To celebrate the first Christmas at the 173-year-old cathedral, some 36 ambassadors decorated a "Tree of Peace" as a pledge on behalf of their countries to work for peace. Guest of honour and Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung placed Singapore's decoration on the metal Christmas tree, which was designed by choirmaster Peter Low. The choir sang 50 songs from each country represented by ambassadors who attended, including Britain, Costa Rica and Japan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'Singing for world peace at cathedral's first Xmas in three years'. Print Edition | Subscribe