Peninsula Singers fill Mary Winspear Centre with Christmas joy

The Peninsula Singers perform A Slow Rockin’ Christmas.                                 (Photos by Steven Heywood/News Staff)The Peninsula Singers perform A Slow Rockin’ Christmas. (Photos by Steven Heywood/News Staff)
Soloist Flo Pugh opens the evening during Joy: A Medley of Carols.Soloist Flo Pugh opens the evening during Joy: A Medley of Carols.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Kingham, left, reacts to the ‘Barbie’-cue joke.Master of Ceremonies Jim Kingham, left, reacts to the ‘Barbie’-cue joke.
The Singers paid tribute to the late George Michael with their rendition of Last Christmas.The Singers paid tribute to the late George Michael with their rendition of Last Christmas.
Santa Claus is Just a Good Ol’ Boy … as performed by the Peninsula Singers.Santa Claus is Just a Good Ol’ Boy … as performed by the Peninsula Singers.
Soloist Derry Oshust and Santa join the Singer for a bow.Soloist Derry Oshust and Santa join the Singer for a bow.
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Peninsula Singers fill Mary Winspear Centre with Christmas joy

The Peninsula Singers filled Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre with Christmas Joy on Sunday, Dec. 3 — the third in their annual trio of performances to near-sold-out audiences.

Artistic Director Lena Palermo led the Singers and guest performers in a variety of choral music, from a medley of carols to a pair of sing-a-longs with the audience. There was even an emphasis on music that promoted peace at this — and any other — time of the year.

Guest soloists Derry Oshust and Julie Mombourquette each performed their own songs — as well as a duet.

Dancers Maya Sinats, Brooke Furtado, Jordana Griffen and Jenna Spall added their choreography to the evening, while emcee Jim Kingham kept angling for a few Christmas goodies and shared a few seasonal – and corny – jokes in between performances.

There were a variety of performances and music to appeal to the audience. The Peninsula Singers also featured Helping Hands, a personal support services company and one of the evening’s sponsors.

Each year, the Singers donate a portion of the proceeds to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program, and Kingham was happy to announce they had now exceeded $45,000 in donations.

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