Sainte-anne’s church making sweet music
Love of song inspires variety of sounds
The members of a church choir who have been singing together for many years have corralled their talents to include an annual show to benefit area non-profit groups.
The 16-plus-person choir at Union United Church in Sainte-Anne-deBellevue is made up of members of all ages who hail from places like Hudson, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Pincourt, L’Île-Perrot and beyond.
More than that however is that music is a huge part of the fabric of the entire church’s makeup.
For the past three years, the choir, under musical director Pierre Gallant and production coordinator Patti Murphy, has produced and presented Road Show, a 90-minute choral musical tribute.
Each tribute, with themes like peace, love or joy, features original arrangements, guest soloists and instrumental accompaniment.
And proceeds from ticket sales ($20) are donated to non-profit groups. Last year’s recipient was the West Island Palliative Care Home.
Karen Elder, a member of the choir since 1989, calls the often three-month long process of getting ready for a new Road Show production “a labour of love.”
She credits Gallant’s musical talents for creating what she says is a professionallevel musical experience.
“If you enjoy music, you certainly enjoying performing under him and working under him,” Elder said, adding the entire group includes many “very talented and creative people.”
And while the choir, which also rehearses once a week, performs every Sunday, it puts extra emphasis into preparing for a Road Show event.
The next Road Show will be held Nov. 22, 23 and 24, but Elder hopes people who love and appreciate music in a spiritual atmosphere will visit the church any Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
In addition, the church hosts a musical Coffee House in Adair Hall the last Friday of every month (from September to May,) while a second group, Spare Parts, featuring instrumental performances with a variety of instruments, performs during church services every month or so.
Church members credit amazing acoustics in the church hall for drawing the likes of the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra, which has been using the church for its concerts for over 50 years, as well as the McGill’s Children’s choir and the McGill Chamber orchestra.
“It’s just a lot of fun (here) we love music and it shows,” Elder said.
Union United Church of Canada is located at 24, rue Maple, in SainteAnne-de-Bellevue. For more information about upcoming events or services, call 514 457-5819, or go to their website at www.unionchurch.ca.