Choir holds Christ­mas show

Con­cert pro­ceeds go to help lo­cal wo­man

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

‘Tis the sea­son, and Whanganui, a city blessed with choirs, is see­ing their end-of-year per­for­mances, with pro­ceeds of­ten go­ing to a char­ity or sim­i­larly good cause.

Wan­ganui Com­mu­nity Choir is hold­ing the year’s fi­nal con­cert — A South­ern Christ­mas — on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, with money raised go­ing to help lo­cal wo­man Briar No­vis, re­cently re­turned from Rus­sia where she un­der­went a pro­ce­dure to try to stop the progress of her mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

Choir pres­i­dent Shona Rush and li­brar­ian Anne Strong say the choir mem­bers agreed that as­sist­ing Briar was a good choice.

Many Whanganui peo­ple know Briar from her days of work­ing in the fam­ily shop, Great NZ Gifts, or, lately, in Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

The Com­mu­nity Choir will be per­form­ing a ca­sual con­cert with Christ­mas and sec­u­lar songs and some spe­cial guests — singers Shel­ley Walls and David Tipi, and mu­si­cian Michael Smyth.

“There will be quite a va­ri­ety and the Youth Choir will sing as well,” says Shona.

The Com­mu­nity Choir is di­rected and con­ducted by Lynn White­side and ac­com­pa­nied by Abi­gail Livesay.

■ Wan­ganui Com­mu­nity Choir A South­ern Christ­mas Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 at 2pm, fol­lowed by af­ter­noon tea Christ Church Angli­can church, Wick­steed St.

Adults $20; Se­niors $15; Stu­dents $10; Chil­dren un­der 12 Free. Book­ings at i-Site Whanganui, 31 Taupo Quay.

PIC­TURE / KAT LOVE

Wan­ganui Com­mu­nity Choir.

PIC­TURE / STU­ART MUNRO

Briar No­vis (cen­tre) with par­ents Ron and Cherry No­vis be­fore her trip to Rus­sia.

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