Arbutus Singers give gift of song

The 65-member chorus offers holiday songs and pop hits in support of year round after school programming

Set the mood for the season with a selection of holiday favourites with the Arbutus Singers, in support of developing young voices.

The singers present classics such as White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear? and When A Child is Born during the Making Merry Christmas Concert tonight (Dec. 4) at St. Aidan’s United Church (3703 St. Aidan’s). Proceeds from the show support a variety of charitable organizations, including the group’s after-school educational program, ChoirKids.

The one-hour concert begin at 7:30pm and features non-seasonal grooves from Love Train to the Stevie Wonder hit, Signed, Sealed, Delivered by the 65-member chorus.

“Plus, the members host a reception following the concert,” said music director Jack Boomer. “What better way to start off the Christmas season.”

This is the first of several seasonal performances dedicated to the singers’ mandate of providing entertainment and support for music education.

The Arbutus Singers will also perform at the Jenny Daniels Memorial Concert on Dec. 11 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, and the Jolly Nyeko Foundation Concert on Dec. 15 at Cadboro Bay United Church.

Since 2008, the Arbutus Singers Music Education Society has worked with schools and charities to run ChoirKids. The program has seen hundreds of children from Grades 1 to 5 to participate in voice instruction at four schools in Victoria, Saanich and Esquimalt. Visit choirkids.ca for more information.

Tickets are $10 students/seniors, $15 for adults or $30 for a family, available at the door or by calling 250-727-9146.

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