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A choirboy speaks


"Singing once is praying twice". This is what the Bedean Choral Society has been doing for 10 years. It was started in 1993. The choir has 50 students from Std. V to XII.

Everyone who has the talent is taken into the choir irrespective of caste, creed or religion. The choir is conducted by Mrs. M. Gomez and Mr. Keith Bernard Stephenson. The Bedean Choral Society renders time-honoured sacred music, both classical and modern. One of our major achievements was the "Carols by Candlelight" held in 1997-98.

We sing not only in English but in Latin too. We are also taught the meaning of the Latin Hymns so that we understand what we are singing. Famous renditions are Schubert's "Ave Maria", the Gregorian "Kyrie", "Veni creator spiritus", "Dona Nobis Paccem" and "Panis Angelicus" and not to forget "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". Modern renditions include "Paint my love" by MLTR and "Sleeping Child", "My heart will go on" from "Titanic" and "From a distance" by Betty Midler.

Since its formation, never has any function in St. Bede's ended without the choir performing prayer songs or special choral programmes. The choir performs at all school functions and Masses. I take great pride in being a part of the choir for the six years now. I shall never forget all the good times that I had while being in this choir.

Felix Daly, XII
Chennai: St. Bede's Anglo-Indian H S School

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