5:30 p.m., Nov. 29)
Orléans Choirfest raises $3,860 for local
By Fred Sherwin
The 27th annual Orléans Christmas Choirfest
featured 12 choirs and choruses from across
the east end. Fred Sherwin/Photo
choirs from across the east end gathered at Community
Pentecostal Church on Sunday for a musical celebration
of the holiday season in support of the area's two community
Orléans Chirstmas Choirfest has been raising funds
for the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre and the Orleans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre for the past 27 years. This
year the event raised $3,860 which will be split evenly
between the two resource centres.and used to stock their
emergency food programs in anticipaction of the holiday
members at this year's choirfest were greeted by a pair
of musical preludes. The first was performed by the combined
members of the Gloucester Community Concert Band and the
Community Pentecostal Church Orchestra. The second was
performed by the Zephyr Harp Duo made up of Joanne Griffin
and Heather Flinn.
a series of welcome remarks by Community Pentecostal Church
Pastor Brian Egert and Choirfest organizer Lynne Stacey,
the evening's performances were officially kicked off
by a massed children's choir formed with members from
the Sonshine Singers, the Community Pentecostal Kidz Choir,
the Divine Infant Children's Ministry Choir, the Orleans
United Junior Choir and the Cross Town Youth Chorus.
combined choirs earned the first standing ovation of the
night with their performance of "Sing for Joy".
of the youth choirs then performed individually, starting
with the Sonshine Singers who "Come On Ring Those
Bells" under the direction of Cathy Goddard.
the last of the youth choirs took the stage, the audience
was invited to participate in the first of six carols
which acted as an interlude between the respective choral
a rousing rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful",
the Community Pentecostal Choir took up their position's
on stage to sing a pair of songs by American gospel artists
Paula Stefanovich and Carl Cartee.
were followed by the Divine Infant Roman Catholic Choir
which chose "Carol of the Bells" for their first
number and then earned a standing ovation for their performance
of "O Come All Ye Faithful" which they cleverly
combined with "You Raise Me Up" in an arrangement
by musical director Lisa-Marie Massey.
Orleans United Church Choir was next up on the stage as
they performed "Lullaby For The Lost Child"
and "Rejoice and Sing Noel!" under the direction
of Scott Richardson.
were followed by the St. Peter High School Choir who sang
two selections from the school's upcoming musical "The
Other Side of the River" which they will be performing
at the NAC's Fourth Stage in January. The first, entitled
"Praying", featured male soloist Drew Plummer.
The second, entitled "Breath of Heaven", featured
Vanessa Campbell. The two selections earned the third
standing ovation of the evening.
a short break during which a freewill collection was taken,
the Queenswood United Church Choir took the stage to perform
"Still is the Night" and "Long, Long Time
Ago" under the direction of Michelle Godin.
St. Helen's Anglican Church Choir was up next and the
24-member chorus earned the fourth standing ovation of
the night with their powerful performance of "We
Are The One" and "Come See The Baby".
final performance of the eveing was delivered by the Cumberland
Community Singers. Under the musical direction of Kurt
Ala Kantti, the choris performed "Goin' To Bethlehem"
followed by the classic Christmas carol "Hark The
Herald Angels Sing".
the audience sang "Joy to the World", the Cumberland
Community Singers were joined on stage by their counterparts
for a mass performance of "Listen. Children, Hear
The Angels Sing" and "Handel Glory To God".
Brian Egert then delivered a short benediction which led
into the mass performance of "Peace, Peace"
which has brought the Choirfest to a close for the past
woman in charge of the Choirfest for every one of those
27 years has been Lynne Stacey, who was once again kept
busy as the lead organizer, part-time accompanist and
performer with the Queenswood United Church Choir and
Cumberland Community Singers.
Stacey is the lead organizer of the event, she wss assisted
admirably by a committee of six people that includes Kurt
Ala Kantti, Emily Adams, Lise-Marie Massey, Darlene Van
Herten, Michelle Godin and Scott Richardson.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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