The Montreal Compline Choir (G.P.) will sing the office of compline (in French) on Sunday, October 16th at 9 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter the Apostle (Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, 1201 rue de la Visitation, Montreal.)

The Montreal Compline Choir is a semi-professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Matthieu Latreille and Francine Nguyen-Savaria. The couple had the opportunity to attend Compline during their years in Los Angeles as well as in the United Kingdom. They wish to share this treasure of the Catholic tradition with the people of the metropolitan area.

The last office of the Liturgy of the Hours, which has been sung by Christians for centuries, is called “compline.” It “completes” the day as its name suggests. The Office owes much of its current form to Saint Benedict. Compline is sung daily in monasteries and also in many churches and cathedrals around the world.

The repertoire will include Gregorian chant, plainsong in French and music from the Renaissance era. Everything will be sung a cappella, i.e. without instrumental accompaniment.

"It is a beautiful encounter with the sacred,” says Francine Nguyen-Savaria, who will sing in the ensemble as a mezzo soprano. “One can participate simply by listening and letting the serenity of this service touch us. My personal experience of Compline is that of a service that both comforts and frees us.”

The offerings collected will be used to support the parish of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre and will help the Choir in covering its expenses.