how we started
The seeds for initiating this vocal ensemble were first sown in October 1989 when HK was commissioned to organise a one night Gala Concert as a fund raiser for a local student scholarship fund. The concert would feature a visiting 33 member community Filipino choir, His Sounds led by Romulo G Pizana, a mathematics professor by profession and an alumni of the world renown Philippine Madrigal Singers. The concert which offered a rich accapella collection of classical numbers, spirituals, popular and Broadway hits; was an enormous success and the audience just clamoured for more and were rewarded accordingly. HK had been exposed to leading foreign choirs but had never heard anything as heavenly as those Filipino voices which made an indelible impression and home in his heart.
However it was not until the middle of 1992, in a response to the need of a Senoi community in Perak for some badly needed motorcyles, that a few music aficionados got together to do fund raising concert. A vocal ensemble was born under the banner of "The Canticle Choir" (subsequently renamed "The Canticle Singers" or "TCS") and The Word by Claire Cloninger and Tom Fettke, marked our first production which was staged on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 1992 at Trinity Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Although the vocal group numbered only 14 comprising 6 sopranos, 3 altos, 2 tenors, 2 basses and 1 narrator; they rendered a vocally satisfactory performance which was well received by almost full houses.
Over the years TCS has expanded its repertoire to in include a diverse genre of music including folk, pop, rock, jazz and gospel, Broadway and has also staged full length musical productions. Our musical numbers are performed either accompanied by a live music ensemble or full orchestral trax or acappela.
Major milestones on our path include
- Chin San Sooi joins us as Artistic Director in 2002, staging our first dramatic musical Two From Galilee as a fund raiser for Malaysian Care, in the same year.
- In 2003, The Rose of Sharon, is staged as a contemporary oratario for soloists, mixed voices, chorus and orchestra
- The our musical Do You Hear The People Sing? earned us a nomination for Best Group Performance - Voice under the 2004 Boh Cameronian Awards.
- Refugee: Images, The Musical; initially conceived by Chin San Sooi about twenty years ago as Malaysia's first English musical, is re-staged with a fresh score, for chorus and ensemble.
- In 2007, the musical For the Love of Music, marked our first supper-theatre show at Starhill, as a benefit show for charity caring for displaced and street children.
- In 2008, the musical A Grand Night for Singing played at Lambang Sari, Istana Budaya; being our first show to be staged at our national theatre.
TCS has performed at private homes, children's homes, dining establishments, as well as the following churches and show venues in the Klang Valley and slightly beyond, including:
Experimental Theatre, Univerisity of Malaya
Auditorium Perdanasiswa, University of Malaya
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Chef and Brew, Kuala Lumpur
Lambang Sari, Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur
Melawati Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur
Regent Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
The House of Suzy Wong, Kuala Lumpur
Top Hat Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Tropicana Golf and Country Club, Petaling Jaya
ChurchesBangsar Gospel Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Bangsar Lutheran Church, Kuala Lumpur
Canning Garden Methodist Church, Ipoh
Calvary Revival Assembly, Kuala Lumpur
Cantonese Methodist Church, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
Cheras Gospel Centre, Kuala Lumpur
City Disciple Presbyterian Church, Petaling Jaya
City Revival Church at Holiday Villa
Damansara Utama, Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya
Elim Gospel Hall, Ipoh
Evangelical Free Church, Petaling Jaya
First Baptist Church, Petaling Jaya
Full Gospel Assembly, Klang Road
Gospel Hall Kuala Lumpur, Jln Davidson
Jalan Imbi Chapel, Kuala Lumpur
Life Chapel, Petaling Jaya
Melawati Gospel Centre, Kuala Lumpur
People's Park Baptist Church, Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya Gospel Hall
Petra Gospel Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Praise Baptist Church, Sri Damansara
Puchong Gospel Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Rahman Putra Methodist Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Raub Gospel Centre, Pahang
Sidang Injil Borneo, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Sisters of Holy Infant Jesus, Cheras, KUala Lumpur
SS2 Gospel Centre, Petaling Jaya
Subang Gospel Centre, Petaling Jaya
Subang Methodist Centre, Petaling Jaya
Sungai Way Gospel Centre, Petaling Jaya
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kuala Lumpur
St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur
St Paul's Church, Petaling Jaya
Tamil Methodist Church, Kuala Lumpur
The Potter's Fellowship, Petaling Jaya
Trinity Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya
Wesley Methodist Church, Kuala Lumpur