The St Hilaryâ€™s Choir was founded on the 13th January 1971. It was initiated by some enthusiastic seminarians who went around the parish recruiting members. A meeting was held and the foundation of the choir took shape, hence the name â€œSt Hilaryâ€œ was taken on the feast of St Hilary. The self-inspiring aims of the choir are to promote better singing in the community and to create an opportunity for youths having the same interests to come together.
Aside from singing, we held functions regularly to sustain the high morale of the members. Games like football, netball, basketball and badminton were organised weekly.
But in the early 80â€™s as the areas around the parish were making way for redevelopment. Most of the members had to move out of the parish leaving only a handful to continue with the choir. But with Godâ€™s grace and blessings, another choir from Immaculate Heart Church decided to come and merged with the choir. And during that time, we sung at the National Stadium when Pope John Paul II visited Singapore. Many of us had the opportunity of being close and touching the pope. We also went carolling at Ming Court Hotel (now Orchard Parade Hotel), and sung at the drugs rehabilitation centre in Changi prison. It was an eye-opener to see that many talented musicians and singers gave up their livelihood for drugs.
In the 90â€™s as the members grew older, the relationships between members grew stronger and four marriages were solemnised within the choir. Most of these couples have their children joined the choir. As the saying goes, â€œif you canâ€™t recruit more members, you reproduce". Now the choir has become a â€œFamily Choirâ€œ focusing on young families in joining the choir.
The activities of the choir have also changed. Now, we hold family outings, karaoke sessions and family retreats. We also join with the other choirs in combined masses, services, Christmas pageant and recently, the Canossian Sisters Jubilee mass. We also sing for weddings.
We believed that with the guidance of St Hilary, we will always stay faithful to God and help the community to participate well in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We hold our weekly practice after the Sunday 11am mass.