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Cheers!: The Little Singers of Paris (Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois)

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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06.12.2013(Fri)
20:00
$260, $180, $120

‘Apostles of peace who sing music of the heavens’ - Washington Post

Trailer: Cheers!: The Little Singers of Paris (Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois)

About the Performer

The Little Singers of Paris (Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois)

In the summer of 1906, two young students, Pierre Martin and Paul Berthier (Father of the composer Jacques Berthier and grandfather of France Gall), were on vacation in the abbey of Tamié in Savoy.  They came up a “dream” which plans to start a maîtrise (choir school) for child choristers that would travel from church to church, town to town, to carry the living testimony of the authentic tradition of religious music.

Their dream came true in the next year.  Despite the lack of money, their enthusiasm brought them to settle in an old dwelling in Paris suburb and they started to receive their first scholar.  This was the birth of the Little Singers of Paris.  The first rehearsal took place on 10 January 1907 and the first concert was held in the Parish Church of the Kings of France, St-Germain l’Auxerrois in October in the same year.  It was well-received by music lovers in Paris.  The Little Singers of Paris were soon become popular throughout France.   In contrast to the music style in vogue at the time, the quality of the choir’s singing and the purity of the young voices aroused astonishment and enthusiasm in the audience.

The choristers were dressed in white albs and had a little wooden cross round their necks, which instilled a sobriety and were regarded as signs of the music revival.  The legend of this choir school commenced.

Though the choir school was suffered from the ordeal of the First World War in 1914-1918, it did not hinder their faith.  The school went on more determined than ever, once the war was over.  In 1924, Abbé Maillet was appointed as the school’s director.  A young priest with outstanding stature and full of faith, he immediately stamped his personal imprint in the life of the Little Singers.  Before that, the choir’s repertoire was exclusively religious works of the Gregorian and polyphonic music of the 15th and 16th centuries.  He refreshed the Little Singers by bringing a repertoire of popular songs in French or from foreign countries and other works by leading composers in time.  Through expanding its repertoire, the Choir had reached a broader audience.

Abbé Maillet also brought the Little Singers out of France, initially to neighboring countries, and then, in 1931, with an audacity unheard of in those days, to North America.  The Little Singers received a triumphant welcome in the United States and Canada.  It was the beginning of the international and worldwide delegation covering today a total of 80 countries and four rounds of the world tours.  The little choristers who take part in these trips have received only a period of training and preparation in school.  Teachers who accompany the students teach them from time to time in the trip for a well-practiced routine and it requires the students a certain degree of discipline.

The choristers will leave the choir when they reach 15 years old and continue their education in secondary school.  These choristers may have moments of nostalgia in the beginning of their new school life but with their wealth of experience and exceptional spirit of anticipation, they are open to face the future.  Today as at the beginning, the Little Singers are managed by collegial leadership, they continue their role of “Little Singers of Peace”, with Clotilde Sebert as the Music Director.

Programme

A concert features traditional choral pieces, Christmas Carols and songs from all over the world:

 

Songs from all over the world

South Africa

Siyahamba

Antilles

Ban mwen on ti bo

Philippines

Bahay kubo

Italy

Nella Fantasia

France/Germany

Berceuse

France/Germany

La Rose rouge

France

Paris panam’

Norway

Bruremarsj fra Valsøyfjord/Aure

Russia

Kalinka

 

Traditional choral pieces

Viadana

Exultate justi

Gounod

Ave Maria

Handel

Hallelijah (extract from Messiah)

 

Christmas Carols

Douce nuit, Sainte nuit

We wish you a merry Christmas

Jingle Bells

Pueri concinite

 

Ticketing

Tickets available from 11 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

 

Discount Scheme#

Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

 

"Cheers!" Series Discount*

10% off on standard tickets for each purchase of 2 different programmes;

15% off on standard tickets for each purchase of 3 different programmes;

20% off on standard tickets for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes

 

Group Booking Discount*

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets

 

* Except Hayley Westenra by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

 

# All discounts are not applicable to Crazy Farm Puppet DIY Workshop by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, Juggling Revealed Workshop by Mark Nizer (USA), Body Percussion and Dance Workshop by Arcosm Company (France) and Puppetry in Everyday Objects Workshop by Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia)

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each ticket.  Please inform the box office staff of the discount type preferred at the time of purchase.

 

Other programmes in “Cheers!” Series:

Town Musicians by Jumbo Kids Theatre, Hayley Westenra by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, What time is it, Uncle Fox? by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, MoMo’s Fancy Dress by Make Friends With Puppet, Hong Kong Oratorio Society Christmas Concert – Christmas Fantasia, Zenyi Acrobatic Troupe of Guizhou Province, Mark Nizer 3D (USA), Sleeping Horses Lie by Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia) and ECHOA by Arcosm Company (France)

 

Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

 

Enquiries

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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