Despite being a first-time contender and the only Filipino choir at the international competition, the Minstrels of St. La Salle, a combination of the current and alumni members of DLSU-D Chorale, won one gold and two silver awards at the 4th Singapore International Choral Festival held on July 12 to 15 at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Marina Bay, Singapore.
The three categories that Minstrels of St. La Salle competed in were the Mixed Voices Category, Folklore Category, and Musica Sacra Category, wherein they bagged one gold and two silver awards, respectively.
PHOTO FROM Singapore International Choral Festival
In an online interview, Minstrels of St. La Salle and DLSU-D Chorale member Justin Sese expresses his gratitude upon learning about their victory, “Sobrang sarap sa feeling ng manalo dito since ito ang first international competition outside the country kasi we are not just carrying the name of (De) La Salle but representing the whole Philippines. We (Minstrels of St. La Salle and DLSU-D Chorale) thank all the people who supported us sa journey namin, thank you Lord and para ito sa Korong Pilipino!”
According to website of The Singapore International Choral Festival, the annual event which started in 2014 aims to “provide a platform for cultural exchange through choral music, give opportunity to participants to immerse in the vast cultural richness of the international choral scene, and benefit Singapore’s local music scene and inspire greater participation in the arts.”
The 5th Singapore International Choral Festival will be held on July 19 to 22 next year.