The Gregorian Choir of Paris’ Philippine Tour 2015 continued its series of performances in San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila on February 19, 2015. According to the program given to the guests, the group wishes to “spread a spiritual message of hope and solidarity especially after moments of natural and man-made upheavels inthe country”. Moreover, its performances are also part of the historic celebration of the 450th year of the presence of Augustinians in the Philippines.
The prestigious ensemble arrived in Manila with 26 musicians that come from all over the world. Gregorian Choir of Paris, “created in 1976, continue to carry the mission to preserve and to spread the tradition of sacred chanting of the Gregorian chant”. The Men’s Choir is made up of 16 members while the Women’s Choir, officially known as The Gregorian Choir of Paris – Female Voices, has 10 members. Charles Barbier is the conductor and Pascal Marsault is the organist who made beautiful music with the 18th century Spanish baroque organ located in the second floor of San Agustin Church.
The opening ceremony was led by the director of Alliance Francaise de Manille and the Ambassador of France to the Philippines.
The video below shows Pascal Marsault playing the baroque organ.
The video below shows the Gregorian Choir of Paris in rehearsal.
Schedule of The Philippine Tour of The Gregorian Choir of Paris:
February 18, 2015, 7pm – Activity Center Alabang Town Center
February 20, 2015, 7pm – Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk
February 22, 2015, 7pm – The Terraces Ayala Center Cebu
February 25, 2015, 6pm – Activity Center Centrio Mall
February 27, 6pm – Activity Center Abreeza Mall