Taken from Psalm 116 (117), this work is specially written for the Methodist Girls School (Secondary) Choir. The ecstatic, euphoric joy in this piece is inspired by the coming of my first child. The SSA version of this work was premiered on 18 July 2010 at the Singapore Conference Hall by the MGS Choir. It was first performed overseas by Musica Nostra conducted by Professor Zsuzsánna Mindszenty in Budapest, Hungary on 14 December 2013. Notably, Laudate Dominum was featured at the 2015 Europa Cantat and has since been performed by numerous award-winning choirs from around the world in various festivals or competitions. This current version sees a small revision of bar 71 from the last version. It is also possible to add percussion instruments such as djembe, finger cymbals and/or piano improvisation to this piece if a fuller sound is desired. Laudate Dominum is available in SATB, SSA and SAB.
Written at a time when I was studying with Leong Yoon Pin, the work is informed by organum, Bach-ian counterpoint, Indian ragas and a dash of Guns & Roses!