Sunday, April 14, 2013

Gregorian Chant in Singapore

Here is the news story:

EVER since Gregorian chanting invaded World Music in the 1990s, the genre is no longer limited to churchgoers.

"Every few years there would be a recording that climbs to the top of the charts, so that's how Gregorian chants are quite broadly known in society," admits Francis Nyan, the founder of Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni, which means Cantors of Saint Gregory the Great, Singapore's only Gregorian chant group set up under the auspices of the Singapore Catholic church.

Much of its popularity has to do with the fact that it is so different from modern Western music, besides being the "official" music of the Western Catholic church and the standard by which other church music is judged.

Singapore's only Gregorian chant group comprises five to seven male singers, who have been singing since 2005, says Mr Nyan, a banker by profession. "Most of us come from the classical music or choral background."