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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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The “Nova Organi Harmonia” demanded from each of us an unusual commitment; we have dedicated to it the best of our energies. Would it be, therefore, presumptuous on our part to be satisfied with the result and to expect its welcome reception in the musical world?
— Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel (circa 1940)

Vox Antiqua’s Debut
published 9 November 2017 by Andrew Leung

AST WEEK, I shared about my new project. On the Feast of Christ the King, which according to the 1962 Missale Romanum is the last Sunday in October, Vox Antiqua made its debut. Works by Baroque Venitian composer, Antonio Lotti, were sung at the Missa Cantata. We sang Lotti’s setting of Ecce Panis Angelorum during communion and here is a live recording of us:

We also sang his Mass in Bb, written for three equal voices, and his motet Sanctus Dominus. I have put together a video with highlights from these two pieces.

YES! Both of these recordings were recorded LIVE! Please pardon us for the “not so good” quality. And yes, you can hear the cry of the babies (which, by the way, is always a good sign because they are the future of the Church), the sound of the thurible and the priest saying his prayers.

One of the things I like about the Traditional Latin Mass in Hong Kong is that the congregation usually takes part in the singing pretty actively. On a normal Sunday, the Ordinaries are sung antiphonally between the schola cantorum and the faithful; hymns in Latin are also sung during the offertory and communion. Aside from singing Lotti’s pieces at our choral Mass, Vox Antiqua also helped lead the faithful in singing some liturgical chants, as well as three other hymns: Christus Vincit by Kunc, Lauda Sion by Caudana and the Pontifical Anthem O Felix Roma by Gounod at the end of the Mass.

Please pray for our new choir as we continue to serve God and the Church with music. Right now, there is a wedding, another Mass in the Extraordinary Form and a choral workshop on our agenda for the upcoming two months. You can follow and support us on our Facebook page.

Soli Deo Gloria!