Christ­mas per­for­mance takes global theme

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir has been spread­ing the joy of Christ­mas through song for 50 years.

This year the choir will per­form at All Saints Angli­can Church on De­cem­ber 1, 2 and 3, with a mati­nee per­for­mance on De­cem­ber 4 and the con­certs are free.

If you en­joy a good sin­ga­long or want to be part of some­thing that is one of the last­ing traditions of this town you might con­sider join­ing.

Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir pres­i­dent Les­ley John­stone said they usu­ally had be­tween 50 and 70 choir mem­bers and would love to see some young peo­ple in the choir.

‘‘We sing mod­ern mu­sic in all dif­fer­ent styles. We are not a church choir, we are a com­mu­nity choir,’’ she said.

This year’s theme is Christ­mas around the world.

Con­duc­tors are Grant Ma­son who re­turns this year and An­gelo Sa­muels who will work with the Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir for the first time.

The choir is so pop­u­lar that peo­ple from as far away as Auck­land at­tend their an­nual per­for­mances. This year they will start re­hearsals on Mon­day Septem­ber 5 at 7.15pm at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

‘‘ You don’t have to read mu­sic and it would be re­ally cool to see some new faces,’’ Ms John­stone said.

‘‘Just bring your voice and a sense of hu­mour.’’

Tra­di­tion: The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir performs at the All Saints Angli­can Church last year.

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