Community Singers 'Christmas Carol' a wonderful holiday tradition
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Community Singers perform 'Noel Nouvelet' during their presentation
of the Dickens' classic 'A Christmas Carol' in words and music. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Dickens would have been proud. On Dec. 11, the Cumberland Community Singers
teamed up with several current and former on air personalities from CBC
Radio to present "A Christmas Carol" in words and music.
continued a tradition first begun in 1992 by former CBC Radio news anchor
The Dickens Christmas
Carol Readings have been held in churches across Canada ever since. Proceeds
from the ticket sales are used to support Christmas hamper programs, local
food banks and other seasonal charities. More than $200,000 has been raised
since its inception.
CBC Radio host
Laurence Wall first joined forces with the Cumberland Community Singers
to present A Dickens Christmas Carol Reading in 2007. The event has been
held at the Orleans United Church every year with the proceeds going to
the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre emergency food program
and the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.
this year's readers included Cumberland Community Singers member Peter Godin,
Caroline Gowdy-Williams from Opera Lyra and the Tara Players, Jill Laforty
from CBC Radio 2, and former CBC Radio host now retired Rob Clipperton.
Each of the readers
recited one chapter from the classic Dickens tale, except for Godin who
read the fourth and fifth chapters.
Community Singers and the Queenswood United Church Choir performed songs
of the season between each reading. Both halves of the show were kicked
off with a Christmas carol more familiar to the audience who were asked
to sing along.
The event was
then brought to a close with everyone joining in the singing of Silent Night.
were all extremely strong which is what you might expect from seasoned radio
veterans like Clipperton, Wall and Laforty. The pleasant surprise of the
evening was delivered by Gowdy-Williams, who read the first Stave or chapter.
oral presentation set the bar tremendously high for the guest readers to
follow and they all delivered with a series of impressive recitations.
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