Founded in 1999, the Manila Chamber Singers (MCS) was formed with the aim of showcasing the best of Filipino choral artistry to audiences in the Philippines and all over the world. Since then, the choir has travelled to several countries to participate in choral competitions and festivals. They have visited Hong Kong, China, Turkey, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia. The choir garnered critical acclaim wherever they went and also won a few awards along the way. They were the first Asian choir to participate in the Sine Musica Nulla Vita International Choir Festival in Egeln, Germany, in 2011. In 2012, the Manila Chamber Singers had their first Canadian tour in British Columbia, and won First Prize in the Folk and Cultural Traditions category, First Prize in the Contemporary Choral Music category and Second Prize in the Adult Mixed
Choir category at the 15th International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River.
The MCS feels very blessed to have been given opportunities to travel, meet new people, and share their passion for singing. And now the time has come to give back. This year, the Manila Chamber Singers marked its 14th year anniversary. And what better way to celebrate than to visit a new place and have a series of goodwill concerts. No competitions, no festivals, just a series of concerts for various beneficiaries, in gratitude for the blessings that the choir has received. MCS presented the Shine On! Goodwill Concert Tour in Australia from October 26 to November 12, 2013, covering the cities of Brisbane, Sydney, and Canberra.
MCS is truly honored to have performed in a series of concerts. In Brisbane, MCS was privileged to have performed with the Canticum Chamber Choir at St. Mary’s Anglican Church (October 29). In Sydney, a series of concerts was organized by Redland Events and its partners: St. Aloysius College, Milson’s Point (October 31); matinee and gala concerts at Blacktown Arts Center (November 1); Our Lady of Dolours Church-Chatswood (November 2); and St. David’s Uniting Church in Haberfield (November 3). MCS’ Canberra leg was likewise jam-packed with concerts and activities! MCS sang for an adorable audience at Ngunnawal Primary School, and experienced the sweeps for the Melbourne Cup (November 5); had a public performance at Garema Place and at the Canberra Center; received a standing ovation at the concert for the Diplomatic Corps (November 6) at the major concert organized by the FCCACT (November 7); performed separately for an intimate audience at Radford College and for the Philippine Studies Group at Australia National University (November 8); participated at the ‘Bachoy for a Cause’ at Carotel Hotel; and sang after the Sunday mass at St. Christopher’s’ Cathedral (November 10).