It’s going to be another memorable event when 25 young Antonian Old boys of St. Anthony’s College, Kandy stage their début choral rendition in the form of a Service of Advent and Christmas Carols this evening, at 6.15 pm at St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Kandy. The Chief Guest for this event will be the Patron of St. Anthony’s Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of the Central Province.
The choir known as Lucis Cantores: The Old Antonian Chorale, which means “Singers of the Light” consists of young old boys who were interestingly all members of the College Choir, which continues to mesmerize audiences with their rich Gregorian style of singing. Yet, it is not restricted to former choristers, but is open to anyone one who is associated with St. Anthony’s.
The group acknowledge, with sentiments of gratitude, the guidance and the initiatives take by the present principal of St. Anthony’s Rev. Fr. Titus Rodrigo OSB to harness the singing talents of young Antonians and leading them in the rich Benedictine choral tradition of Gregorian chant. The group were also appreciative of the direction given to them by the De Lanerolle Brothers - Ishan and Rohan who guided them amidst their commitments and the Old Joe’s Choir who have been the inspiration for these young Antonians.
The evening’s line up will include popular Christmas ballads such as ‘A Ray of Hope’, ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Drummer Boy’, an adaptation of ‘Rudolf the Christmas Reindeer’ and a four part exposition from Handel’s Messiah together with a mixture of beautiful melodies from the Anglo-Catholic choral thesaurus.
Interestingly, the Old Antonian Chorale is self-taught. The four leaders who have taken the responsibility of training the choir is ably assisted by Priyan Liyange, a young, musical genius who will also accompany the Old Antonian Chorale.