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Events · 1st December 2011
Darcy Mitchell
Quadra Singers Celebrate the Season on Sunday, December 11 at the Quadra Community Centre

Welcome Yule! And welcome all to the Quadra Singers 2011 Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 11 at the Community Centre. Doors open 6:30 for the 7:00 performance. Tickets are available at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove and Quadra Crafts in Heriot Bay, and at the door.

Directed by Linda Cannon, this year’s feast of choral music leads off with Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”, and features soloist Ginette Swanson and Singers Dawn Macdonald and Amelia Neville. “A Ceremony” was composed in 1942 during Britten’s hazardous wartime voyage from the United States to England. Based on carols written in the 15th and 16th centuries, the work was first written for treble voices and harp; a version for mixed voices and piano was created by Julian Harrison and published in 1955. Although the lyrics are hundreds of years old and, like traditional carols, celebrate the birth of Christ, several pieces are more personal and earthy. This enduring Christmas masterpiece contains profound expressions of faith, rich imagery, and exciting contrasts in musical style.

For the concert’s second course, Quadra Singers offers an array of songs with flavours ranging from bright and bouncy to meditative and gentle. As well, Joyce Baker and Annabelle Cameron join forces on a delightful cello/piano medley, Quadra Voce chimes in with a cappella hits from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Ford Cannon and John Walton team up for a duet, bass-style. The evening winds up with a rousing carol sing-a-long.

Through our “Choir in the Community” program, Quadra Singers will once again present concert favourites at long-term care homes in Campbell River and at Quadra Elementary. In addition, the 2011 Friends of Quadra Singers campaign will focus on supporting Quadra members of the Campbell River Children’s Choir to travel to New York for a Carnegie Hall appearance in April, 2012. The young singers and their families will also manage the concert concession as a fund-raising venture.

For information, please call Darcy Mitchell at (250) 285–2739 or Jean Mottershead at (250) 285-2142.