Christ­mas Choir

The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir ac­com­pa­nist, Sh­eryl King, says the theme of this year’s col­lec­tion of songs is to come and wor­ship.

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‘‘It’s a se­lec­tion of songs that cel­e­brate the saviour’s birth and the rea­son for the sea­son,’’ she said.

‘‘We are bring­ing that mes­sage and the hope you can have through faith in Him.’’

This year’s con­duc­tor David Qual­trough has been ‘‘very thor­ough with his teach­ing’’ with their prac­tices, which ben­e­fited the choir greatly, she said.

At the pin­na­cle of his ca­reer, David con­ducted the na­tional male choir from 2001 to 2003.

Sh­eryl said num­bers of choir mem­bers had dwin­dled at times over the years but she said this year, as well as last year, the num­bers were quite strong.

This year they had 56 mem­bers. The choir was mostly made up of mid­dle aged singers but there were a few younger ones in­volved. In­ter­me­di­ate school stu­dents will also be per­form­ing.

Natalie van der Goes, 24, will be help­ing out the con­duc­tor for some pieces.

Jeri Rose will be per­form­ing both so­los and with the choir.

Sh­eryl has been play­ing with the choir for about 25 years. She first started help­ing the so­prano, alto, tenor and brass groups, who all prac­tice in sep­a­rate groups, with their note prac­tice.

The choir would then prac­tice as a whole for an hour af­ter that.

The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir con­certs are on De­cem­ber 3, 4 and 5 at 7.30pm and De­cem­ber 6 at 1.30pm at the All Saints Angli­can Church on Broad­way, Mata­mata. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19: Pi­ako Fete, Dal­tons Plan­ta­tion from 10am3pm. Tick­ets avail­able from Eventfinder. Sun­day, Novem­ber 22: Carol ser­vice in the Tower church, 2pm. Tues­day, Novem­ber 24: Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Christ­mas lunch­fur­ther de­tails to fol­low. Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25: Gig­gles for Harry. A fundraiser com­edy night for Mata­mata tod­dler Harry Hen­nessy. Fea­tur­ing Urzila Carl­son, 6.30pm, Mata­mata Club. Tick­ets, at $60 in­clud­ing a two course buf­fet din­ner and silent auc­tion, are avail­able from Mata­mata Club now. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26: Mata­mata Rose Show, Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Satur­day, Novem­ber 28: Mata­mata Twi­light Fair, Headon Sta­dium/Pohlen Park, 5pm-9pm, en­ter­tain­ment, stalls, food, free en­try. Fun for the whole fam­ily. De­cem­ber 3-6: Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir Con­cert, Angli­can Church, 7.30pm daily. Sun­day from 1.30pm. Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5: Mata­mata PRA Christ­mas Pa­rade, 11am. Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5: United Mata­mata Sports 7s Open Tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional teams, Bed­ford Park, first kick-off 10am. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 6: Christ­mas at the Park, held at Bed­ford Park. The fair starts from 3pm, with the pro­gramme kick­ing off around 6.30pm. The spec­tac­u­lar Hob­biton fire­works dis­play starts at 9.15pm. Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16: Twi­light Christ­mas at the Races, Mata­mata Rac­ing Club, first race ap­prox 3pm. Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 21: Ro­tary Mata­mata presents Con­cert by the Lake. Fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing the head­line acts, to come. Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 27: J Swap Con­trac­tors Breed­ers’ Stakes, Mata­mata Rac­ing Club. March 1: Spud in a Bucket weigh-in, Rail­side by the Green, 5pm. April 20-23: Mata­mata Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers, Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

The Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir ac­com­pa­nist, Sh­eryl King.

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