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St George’s Community Choir prepare for 'A Celebration of Christmas Music' at 3pm on December 10 at St George’s Church, Thames. Photo: SUPPLIED

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After the success of Street Requiem in July, St George’s Community Choir is pleased to present a festive Christmas performance – A Celebration of Christmas Music at 3pm on December 10 at St George’s Church, Thames.
Celebrating the Christmas season, the concert will be “joyful and relaxed”, committee member Barbara Tegg said, and the audience will have the opportunity to participate in several familiar carols throughout the afternoon.
Christmas mince pies and a cuppa will be served after the performance for the choir and the audience. The choir will perform a variety of Christmas music from the 8th to the 21st century, from Aotearoa and from several countries around the world.
Travelling the globe, the choir sings music such as: Infant Holy, a traditional Polish Carol; The Carol of the Bells, which is based on a Ukrainian folk song; the Huron carol, a Canadian Christmas hymn; and the West Indian Spiritual, The Virgin Mary. Included in the programme is Gloria, from Street Requiem which is African in style and seeks to bring a sense of peace and hope to communities around the world.
“The music has been chosen for its range of styles with singing in both unison and beautiful four part harmony,” Barbara said.
“Sandie Davis-Roberts is again conducting the choir. She brings a vast repertoire of choral experience to the stand and has been training the choir for this concert since September. Yi Ting Heng has been our rehearsal pianist and she will be accompanying the singing.”
St George’s choir is a community choir – no auditions are required. It welcomes new singers and those that just want to give choir singing a go. In 2024, the choir is planning to join with the Te Aroha Singers for performances in Thames and Te Aroha towards the end of April.