Full house for fes­tive choir

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir per­formed car­ols over four days, Novem­ber 25, 27, 28 and 29, at Mata­mata’s All Saints Angli­can Church.

The au­di­ence for the Sun­day mati­nee was ‘‘chock-a-block’’, one of the or­gan­is­ers, Mar­garet Hendry said.

‘‘They were sit­ting in the choir stalls,’’ she said.

The af­ter­noon per­for­mance was per­fect for the el­derly res­i­dents of the Coun­try Lodge.

Hendry was also proud of coor­gan­iser Ben Bartelink’s de­ter­mi­na­tion not to let a hip op­er­a­tion stop him from be­ing part of the choir.

She said Bartelink had been dev­as­tated his hip op­er­a­tion could put him out of ac­tion, but MC Colin Kem­plen had told him ‘ you sing with your mouth, not your hips’ so he per­formed in the choir and just sat through­out most of the per­for­mance.

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