En­joy a Christ­mas fan­ta­sia of song and carols

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The Hamil­ton Civic Choir in­vites ev­ery­one who loves to hear— and sing— a carol or two to take a break from shop­ping mad­ness and join them for A Christ­mas

Fan­ta­sia at St. Peter’s Cathe­dral on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 17.

The con­cert takes its ti­tle from Ralph Vaughan- Wil­liam’s

Fan­ta­sia on Christ­mas Carols, a suite of well- known carols ar­ranged for choir, or­gan, cello and soloist. But this is just one of the beau­ti­ful pieces in this con­cert pro­gramme.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ti­mothy Car­pen­ter, who took up the ba­ton at the Civic Choir in Fe­bru­ary, has cho­sen a feast of fes­tive mu­sic for this con­cert, in­clud­ing a lovely Russian Ave

Maria by Rach­mani­nov, Men­del­sohn’s joy­ful Wei­h­nachten, the Latin O

Mag­num Mys­terium, Sum­sion’s The Holy Birth and sev­eral tra­di­tional carols given bright new ar­range­ments by Amer­i­can, Bri­tish and New Zealand com­posers.

The soloist is Hamil­ton bari­tone Jon­athan Ey­ers, who has just com­pleted Bach­e­lor de­gree stud­ies in Per­for­mance Voice in the Mu­sic De­part­ment at The Univer­sity of Waikato where he was a Hi­lary scholar. He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the New Zealand Youth Choir and says a high­light of 2016 was tour­ing with the choir to Europe, where they sang in the Notre Dame cathe­dral in Paris and com­peted in the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Aca­demic Choirs, tak­ing gold in all cat­e­gories they com­peted in as well as the over­all grand prize.

Jon­athan has per­formed lead­ing roles in many of the opera pro­duc­tions and con­certs staged by the mu­sic de­part­ment at the Univer­sity of Waikato, most re­cently in the launch of the new opera Flow­ing Wa­ter, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween well­known writer Witi Ihi­maera and lo­cal com­poser Janet Jen­nings.

Jon­athan has sung with the choir in many pre­vi­ous con­certs and was joint win­ner of the Civic Choir’s As­so­ci­ate Artist Award in 2015. Au­di­ence mem­bers will have the op­por­tu­nity to join with the choir for a rous­ing sin­ga­long of some favourite carols be­fore con­tin­u­ing the Christ­mas spirit at a post- con­cert sup­per fea­tur­ing Christ­mas mince pies and short­bread.

A Christ­mas Fan­ta­sia is on De­cem­ber 17 at 7.30 pm at St Peter’s Cathe­dral, 51 Vic­to­ria Street. Tick­ets $ 25 from Kath, phone 855 0762.

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