Seaway Singers hold Christmas Concert


 “Oh come, all ye faithful” and enjoy the beautiful carols and the familiar songs of Christmas at the Seaway Singers December concert on Sunday, December 16, 3 p.m., at Iroquois United Church. 

The Seaway Singers, made up of 41 voices, are celebrating 20 years of bringing outstanding concerts to the community in 2012-13. Their upcoming concert, entitled O Come, O Come, promises to continue in that tradition.

“We are performing a mixture of carols and Christmas themed music,” said Robin Lane, one of the Singers. “The music is beautiful, really, and everyone will enjoy it.”

Robert Jones will again conduct the concert, with Margaret Whisselle as the accompanist. 

“We are predominantly featuring Christmas carols, but there will also be some secular music in the program,” Jones said. “One of the pieces is Wassail, a traditional English carol, and there is a beautiful spiritual called Rise Up, Shepherd. The choir is also singing a minuet by Bach which has the First Noel incorporated into it.”

Margaret Whisselle will be singing the solo, Jesu Bambino, in the show. 

Joining the choir for this concert will be the adult Hand Bell Ringers from Winchester United Church, welcome guests at previous concerts.

“There is also some sing-along music that everyone can take part in,” Jones said, “and also one fun song I think people will really enjoy. It’s called the 12 Days After Christmas, and let’s just say it begins with “On the First Day After Christmas, my true love and I had a fight….” 

The annual December concert, O Come, O Come, is a show to which all members of the family can look forward.

Tickets are $10 in advance (Seaway Valley Pharmacy in Morrisburg) or $12 at the door on December 16. The Seaway Singers will be performing at Iroquois United Church at 3 p.m. All are invited to join the choir afterwards for “goodies.”

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