Le Chœur grégorien de Paris en concert aux Philippines [en]

Ayala Malls, avec le soutien de l’Alliance française de Manille et l’ambassade de France aux Philippines, présente le Chœur grégorien de Paris en concert aux Philippines du 18 au 27 février 2015.

VIRGO MATER GLORIOSA "Qui Bene Cantat Bis Orat" "Who sings well prays twice." - St. Augustine of Hippo - JPEG

"Qui Bene Cantat Bis Orat"
"Who sings well prays twice." - St. Augustine of Hippo

Ayala Malls, with the support of Alliance Française de Manille and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, proudly present the world-renowned Gregorian Choir of Paris, live in concert for the Philippine tour from 18 February 2015 to 27 February 2015. The tour, endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, brings a spiritual and sacred message : the world needs a form of silence that resembles a Gregorian chant.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 7 PM Alabang Town Center
Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 7 PM San Agustin Church
Intramuros, Manila
With the support of the SSI Group Inc.
Friday, 20 February 2015 at 7 PM Greenbelt 5
Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 7 PM Ayala Center
Tuesday, 25 February 2015 at 6 PM Centrio Mall
Cagayan de Oro
Friday, 27 February 2015 at 6 PM Abreeza Mall


The Gregorian Choir of Paris gathers musicians from all over the world. The Choir have dedicated themselves in cultivating the Gregorian chant, both in its natural liturgical setting and in their concerts across the world.

For the Philippine tour, 26 singers, both male and female, will be coming to the Philippines featuring the acclaimed French organist Pascal Marsault. The singers come from France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Colombia, Madagascar, Lithuania, Chile, and Republic of Korea. This prestigious ensemble, created in 1974, continue to carry the mission to preserve and to spread the tradition of sacred chanting of the Gregorian chant. This ensemble is comprised of two distinct entities : the male Choir and the female Choir, which was created 20 years later and “The Gregorian Choir of Paris – Female Voices.”

The male group sings at the Notre-Dame du Val-de-Grâce Church in Paris. The Female Voices interpret regularly the Gregorian repertoire within the liturgy of the Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois Church in Paris, as well as in festivals of sacred chants both in France and abroad.

The Choir has done numerous tours around the world during the last decade : Japan, Colombia, Egypt, Russia, China et Korea, Lebanon, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland, etc. These tours were some sort of “pilgrimages”, which aims to spread the musical and spiritual message of the Gregorian chant.


For the first time ever, the prestigious ensemble will be performing in the Philippines to spread a spiritual message of hope and solidarity especially after moments of natural and man-made upheavals in the country. It aims to echo through actual Gregorian chanting the resilience of the Filipino spirit. The concerts and masses of the Sacred Liturgy are also meant to promote the cultural heritage of the Church through its music tradition. St. Augustine of Hippo said a famous quote : Qui Bene Cantat Bis Orat (who sings well pray twice).

The Gregorian Choir of Paris will also be participating in the historic celebration of the 450th year of the presence of the Augustinians in the Philippines (1565-2015). As the first Catholic missionaries in the country, and with almost 150 churches scattered all over the country, the influence of the Augustinian order is very much imbedded in Philippine history and culture. The concert entitled In Civitate Dei (In the City of God) at the UNESCO declared World Heritage Church of San Agustin, Intramuros, on 19 February 2014 at 7 pm, with the support of the SSI Group, Inc., Lacoste and Oliviers & Co., will be featuring a repertoire with Pascal Marsault on the 18th century Spanish baroque organ and the oldest existing organ in the country.

The spirit of the Gregorian Choir of Paris is to reach the people and touch their lives. The succeeding concerts entitled Virgo Mater Gloriosa will be held in Ayala Malls throughout the country with a program centered on the all-encompassing love of the Virgin Mary.

The Gregorian choir of Paris will share this repertoire in the following Ayala Malls :
On Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 7 PM at the Alabang Town Center ; Friday, 20 February 2015 at 7 PM at Greenbelt 5, Makati ; Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 7 PM at Ayala Center Cebu ; Tuesday, 25 February 2015 at 6 PM at Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro ; and Friday, 27 February 2015 at 6 PM at Abreeza Mall Davao.

Masses and other activities

Music, to echo the words of Pope St. John Paul II, is indeed, “the supplement of the soul”. This is why the Gregorian Choir of Paris will also dedicate some special moments for prayer with the Filipinos and will perform the Sacred Liturgy in Latin in its natural setting. To share their faith, masses will be held in churches in St. Jerome Emiliani and Sta. Susana Parish in Alabang (18 February, Ash Wednesday mass at 8:00 am) ; Greenbelt Chapel in Makati (20 February at 7:15 am) ; Cebu Cathedral (21 February at 6:00 pm) ; Tagbilaran Cathedral in Bohol (23 February at 5:00 pm), Nazareno Church in Cagayan de Oro (24 February at 5:30 pm) and Sacred Heart Parish in Davao ( 26 February at 5:30 pm).

Parallel activities include a chorale workshop with the Loboc Children’s Choir in Bohol on 23 February and a workshop entitled “Gregorian Choir of Paris : celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines” with Xavier University on 25 February in Cagayan de Oro.

Repertoire Virgo Mater Gloriosa

- Veni creator, Hymn
- Ecce Virgo, Communion
- Hodie Christus Natus est, Antiphon
- Puer natus est, Introït
- Laudemus virginem, Canon (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
- Splendens ceptigera, Canon (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

- Custodi me, Offertory
- Tenebræ Factæ sunt, Response
- Ubi Caritas, Antiphon

- Popule meus, Improperia
- Victimæ paschali laudes, Sequence
- Victimæ paschali laudes, Duplum (manuscript of Las Huelgas)
- O Filii et filiæ, Hymn
- Litaniae Sanctorum, (Litany of Saints)

- Regnantem sempiterna, Prosule
- Ave Maris stella, Hymn
- Ave Maria, Offertory
- Ave Maria (1990), (Caroline Marçot)

Event Information :

Concerts are free admission on a first-come basis.

Ayala Malls : Mitch Hernandez-Suarez, at 759-8000 loc. 8038, or email suarez.michelle@ayalamalls.com.ph

Alliance Française de Manille : Eliz Agabin, at 895-7585 / 895-7441 or email meagabin@alliance.ph

French Embassy : Camille Conde, at 857 6916 or email camille.conde@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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