The Kemptville Male Choir’s “Christmas Wreath of Carols” is fast approaching! The concert will take place on Saturday, December 16, with tunes that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit – that is, if you’re not there already!
The Kemptville Male Choir is only a few years old, but it has a longer history as the former Ottawa Valley Male Choir, which ran for many years before the name was changed to reflect the fact that most of the members were from the Kemptville area.
Annual Christmas shows are a tradition of the Choir. The shows were formerly held in North Gower, but are now being held at St John’s United Church in Kemptville. The concert acts as the annual fundraiser for the Choir itself, helping to cover routine expenses (such as paying their accompanist) which can’t be covered by the Choir’s other volunteer work.
Chris Morgan, who is a member of the Choir, explained that throughout the year, the Choir performs in places such as long term care homes, where the focus is on spreading happiness rather than making money. Once per year, however, the Christmas concert helps to ensure that the organization can survive to continue spreading good cheer in the years ahead.
While the $20 ticket price will act as the fundraiser for the Choir, Chris explained that there will also be a collection plate passed around to raise a few extra dollars for the Kemptville District Hospital’s CT Scanner campaign, which has been a popular beneficiary of North Grenville fundraising efforts in the last few months.
“From a personal point of view, I love to sing,” Chris said, when asked how it feels to give concerts in the community. “We’ll go anywhere, and we’ll sing anything for anyone.” He further explained that the upcoming concert will have at least two songs that focus on peace, which he feels is a very important topic in the modern age. The concert is great for all ages, and includes songs that are popular with children as well, including “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells”.
The Christmas Wreath of Carols concert will take place at St John’s United Church – 400 Prescott St on December 16 at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Brewed Awakenings or B&H Grocer. Come out and get your Christmas spirit on!