Season of Light


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The Season of Light was conceived as an advent musical celebrating the timeless Christmas message, illuminating a world that is still much shrouded in darkness. The musical was staged on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December 2004 at The First Baptist Church, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

The musical was an eclectic blend of warm and nostalgic moments and high-energy celebration songs in the form of contemporary arrangements and uplifting anthems. The styles and varied arrangements provided opportunities for solos, duets, a trio; and included medleys of some of the best loved Christmas cantata repertoires.

Highlights include the soulful strains and upbeat “Amen”, Handel’s pastorale “He Shall Feed His Flock” in the form of a contemporary duet, Joseph’s moving lullaby of “Little Yeshua”, the ever vibrant “Everlasting Light” and others. The audience sang along with some of the familiar Christmas anthems within this celebration by candlelight.

Net proceeds from the musical were were donated to MERCY Malaysia and CREST Malaysia for tsunami relief work in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, The Good Shepherd Home for Girls, The Boys' Brigade and an orang asli community project.




Program Notes





They say that time flies and I guess there is some truth in that as I find it hard to believe that The Canticle Singers is 12 years old.  The exact details in 1992 are not very clear but what I do remember was that we had heard that the Methodist Senoi Missions somewhere in Perak needed a couple of motorcycles for local folk for their daily use. We had only a handful of tenors and basses together against eight women.  Nevertheless we bravely put up our first a musical production “The Word” for  Christmas and raised enough funds to purchase two motorcycles.

Over the years we have found that the size of our productions have gradually increased; with  increasing demands on the singers themselves as well as on our production and technical crew and of course higher production costs.   Not forgetting too that  we have an increasingly discerning audience. You just have got to put in a lot more blood, sweat and tears. Realistically speaking, with us, the size of the production somehow evolves and grows – new ideas are introduced or the scale and dimension of particular sequences enlarged -  and the end result……”How did it ever get to be staged on this scale?”  Our production “Do You Hear the People Sing” in August of this year still leaves me baffled as we ended up having to feed a cast and crew of 105 people every evening. And barely a month after this mammoth production we found ourselves having our hands full again preparing another musical for the year end Christmas Season. Time and budget constraints were tight and added to this, there were the often massive roadblocks along the way. Despite the difficulties, with His strength and grace, we have finally made it to the end  of a very challenging year indeed.  

I tend to agree with San Sooi, that as directors of a performing group, it is very rewarding and fulfilling to see how the performers develop over time as each production makes its own unique demands on them – vocally, movement and expression. In the background, our technical and production crew are presented with their own set of challenges in terms of sound and other technical requirements. In particular I would like to mention Wong Wing Thim, Noel Jayaratnam and Tan Meng Guan who started out with us in the early days and multi-tasked between themselves or as they put it “one leg kick”. Over the last twelve years, our sound and technical experts have ensured that we progressively graduated from ordinary stand alone microphones to boundary microphones, to condensers, then  to high frequency wireless head microphones.  Of the original band of singers in 1992, we are happy to have Shirani Amarasingham,  May Ang  and Pan Swee Chin who are with us  for this production.

San Sooi, continues as our Artistic Director, this being his fifth production with us and working us hard, always encouraging and challenging us to give of our best to our Master. We are also priviledged to have Agnes Yeow singing with us for this production and Geoffrey Woo as co-narrator.

The music that we have selected for this production “The Season of Light” is gathered from some of the classic Christian musicals. These well loved favourites within the Advent repertoire of anthems are as refreshing as when we first heard them.  You will hear selections drawn from evergreen musicals such as “Everlasting Light”, “Make His Praise Glorious”,  “Calvary’s Love” and “Handel’s Young Messiah” and will be joining in during the congregational Christmas carols.

Once again, the musical production of "The Season of Light" has culled the labour and efforts of many people; not just the performers and the production crew but also include the support and functional areas as well as our generous corporate partners.  They have all volunteered their God-given talents and resources – time and commitment perhaps being the most valuable as well as their energies and finances.  Together we hope to make this Christmas celebration concert, a joyful, memorable and meaningful one for you.

We wish  you a blessed Christmas. .  

H K Chong


Johsua Yap on the shofar
Comfort Ye
Praveen Abraham/Lam Chee Leong
Everlasting Light with
Agnes Yeow, Elvira Arul,
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Ivy Chan, Anson Ong,
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Clifford Eng & The Company
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come All Ye Faithful
He Shall Feek His Flock
Michelle Ho & Praveen Abraham
Prepare Him Room with
The Company
Joy to the World
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Every Valley &
Good Christian Men Rejoice
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Oh Happy Day with
Elvira Arul, Chang Yow Keong,
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Praveen Abraham & The Company
Glory Be to God on High & AMEN 
9 Tiny Hand In Mine
Michelle Ho & The Company
Away In A Manger
Agnes Yeow, The Company and 
11 Worship Him
Clifford Eng, Cheah Jan Mie &
The Company
12 Little Yeshua
Low Tze Liang & The Company
My Eyes Hava Seen Your Salvation
Foo Nyok Fong, Elvira Arul &
with Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
The Company
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (acapella)
Congregation frm the 2nd Verse
Let Them See Christ In Me
Timothy Ooi & The Company
Silent Night
Make His Praise G.lorious
The Company and Congregation
Finale with
The Company and Agnes Yeow (descant)
Arise and Shine
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Everlasting Light
All musical numbers are sung live to 
orchestral accompaniment trax except
for pre-recorded trax for congregational


Praveen Abraham
Shirani Amarasingham
May Ang Seok Leng
Au Soung Ern
Elvira Carrie Olga Arul
Ivy Chan Mun Ying
Chang Yow Keong
Cheah Jan Mie
Clifford Eng
Foo Nyok Fong
Michelle Ho Chui-Yean
Khu Gek Sim
Lam Chee Leong
Benny Liew Seong Hin
Low Tze Liang
Anson Ong
Timothy Ooi Aik Tuan
Elaine Wong Pui Sze
Joshua Yap Joo Lake
Agnes Yeow


Pan Swee Chin
Geoffrey Woo


Anson Ong


Joshua Yap Joo Lake






Producer & Music Director
H K Chong
Co-Producer & Artistic Director
Chin San Sooi
Technical Director
Wong Wing Thim
Sound & Recording Engineer
Kenneth Ooi
Asst Sound Engineer
Harris Cazaly
assisted by
Charlotte Tan
Lighting Design
Chin San Sooi
Lighting Engineer
Wong Li Yit
assisted by
Loh Wei-Ling
Stage Manager
Noel Jayaratnam
Technical & Stage Crew
Tan Meng Guan, Angie Ng Sow Ling,
Song Wee Kiat, Kong Chee Sun
Multimedia Presentation
Au Soung Ern
assisted by 
Wong Li Jian
Music Trax
Kenneth Ooi
Fabrication of props
Esther Ang
assisted by
Hong Chiuk Wai
Company Manager
Teh Chuan Seng
Financial Controller
Ivy Chan
Make Up
Stella-In Beauty Centre & Therapy 
Bobby Y P Wong
Webmaster and Multimedia
Low Tze Liang
Catering for Cast and Crew
Ivy Wong & ladies of PJ Gospel Hall
Members of First Baptist Church PJ