Fresh on the heels of Celebration 150, a sold-out concert at the River Run Centre, the Guelph Chamber Choir invites you to come ring in the Christmas season with the help of acclaimed bell choir Bells Ablaze at an afternoon concert of Carols for Christmas in the intimate setting of St. George’s Anglican Church on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm.
Come sing along to familiar carols, thrill to the sight of bell ringers creating precise and wondrous sounds, hear the choir raise their voices in melodious power, listen to poetry and tales of Christmases past and present, and feel the essential renewal of the season.
The choir is pleased to welcome back bell choir Bells Ablaze and its director Susan Carscadden-Mifsud. An invitational hand-bell choir, drawing bell-ringers from communities throughout southwestern Ontario, this dynamic and accomplished group of ringers play challenging repertoire without a conductor, requiring not only a high degree of musicianship from each ringer, but a level of synergy and collaboration beyond that found in most ensembles.
Conductor Gerald Neufeld remarked, “Our annual carol concert allows us to explore music from the rich and varied choral repertoire for Christmas. Beautiful carols, sung with care and intent, together with the gentle sound of hand bells, promise to create a magical, meditative environment for this concert in beautifully-decorated St. George’s Church. A major piece will be Canadian composer Imant Raminsh’s beautiful Magnificat, a work of tender melodies and electrifying rhythms.”
A new Christmas recording, Carols of the Bells, featuring both the Guelph Chamber Choir and Bells Ablaze will be available for sale. Selections from the recording will be featured during the concert. CDs will be available for $20 to take home and enjoy and to give to friends and relatives as gifts.
Listen to 1 track off the new CD, titled "Noel Nouvelet", here: http://guelphchamberchoir.ca/home/recordings/ !
Single tickets are now available for only $25 each or 4 for $80. We encourage young adults to attend with
$10 tickets for students and those 30 and under , and, only $5 for youth 14 and under, or with eyeGO (high school picture ID required).
Tickets are available
from choir or board members,
through the River Run Centre by calling 519-763-3000
or online at http://guelphchamberchoir.ca/home/tickets/ .
Tickets will also be available at the door. Seating is general admission, so please plan to arrive early to get a good seat!
Read The New Feature on Guelph Chamber Choir's Conductor Gerald Neufeld in the lastest issue of Choirs Ontario's "Dynamic" Magazine, here - Page 20: http://www.choirsontario.org/stream/347/Dynamic_November2017.pdf
Special thanks to our soloist sponsors: Knar Jewellery, The Mactaggart Team from Richardson GMP, Royal City Travel, and Steele Brothers.
As well at this concert, Guelph Chamber Choir is gladly assisting the Warm Winter Wear Event for Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC). This Sunday, bring and donate your gently used coats, hats, boots, mittens, gloves and scarves to St George's Church before the concert. Coats are especially needed.
Also, feel free to also drop off warm winter wear directly
to CCSC at 41 Macdonell St on the following days and times each week leading up to Christmas:
Tuesdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fridays, 8:00am to 1:00pm