ORIGINS AND ACCOLADES
Established in 1988, the Victoria Chorale comprises the alumni of both the Victoria School and the Victoria Junior College. The choir members come from all walks of life, and are bonded by their passion for singing. Under the baton of esteemed conductor, Mr. Nelson Kwei, the choir performs an extensive repertoire, ranging from sacred Latin works to contemporary Asian songs, and light jazz pieces.
The choir has won awards at many prestigious international festivals, including those in Llangollen, Pohlheim and Bournemouth. Notably, the choir emerged category champions in the Musica Sacra A Capella category in the 2006 World Choir Games held in Xiamen, China. In 2009, the choir embarked on its first ever Asia-Pacific region concert tour at the invitation of J&A Music Corporation, performing an extensive repertoire at the Seoul Arts Center, South Korea. Most recently in 2014, the choir was invited by the acclaimed vocal duo, the De Lanerolle Brothers, to sing at the historical Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
In addition to the concert series, In Song, the choir is largely involved in the Singapore choral scene, performing in various concerts. The choir also carols every Christmas season in hotels and boutiques across the country. In particular, past and present members of the choir return each Christmas season to participate in a homecoming carolling session, known as the Grand Reunion. It is testament to Victorians of all generations returning to connect and to sing with friends, both old and new.
Mr. Nelson Kwei is an internationally acclaimed conductor, conservatorium lecturer, editorial advisor, international adjudicator, music arranger and vocal clinician in the music scene. He is a Fellow from the London College of Music, has a Licentiate in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Advance Post-Graduate in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (London). In 2013, Nelson was specially elected to receive the Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music for his outstanding achievements in choral music. He currently holds the record in Singapore of garnering an unprecedented 185 gold or distinction awards and 79 champion titles for Singapore.