Call for choristers
It’s that time of the year again when people are being invited and encouraged to join the Matamata Christmas Choir.
If you find yourself singing your heart out in the shower or enjoy a good sing- along, you may want to consider becoming a member.
Bryan Rawiri has been a member of the Christmas choir for a couple of years and said it’s a privilege to be able to sing with such a talented bunch of people.
‘‘I’ve always been into music so it’s nice to be doing something I love and to spread joy during the Christmas season,’’ Bryan said.
Jenny Landman loves to sing and joined the Christmas choir in 1989.
‘‘We have so much fun. I get a real buzz out of performing and you feel like you’re giving something back to the community,’’ she said.
‘‘There are a lot of older members and we would love to have some young ones come along.’’
Dairy farmer John Van Der Goes has always been involved in choirs at various levels.
‘‘I was five when I started singing in my school choir,’’ he said.
John said being a member of the Christmas choir introduces you to people you probably normally wouldn’t mingle with. ‘‘It’s a lot of fun,’’ he said. Matamata Christmas Choir president Lesley Johnston 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. The choir is so popular that people from as far away as Auckland attend its annual performances.
Rehearsals start this Monday and will be held every Monday from 7.15 til 9.15 at the Presbyterian Church Complex. The Christmas Choir Concerts will be on December 5, 6, 7 and 8 at All Saints Anglican Church.