Ca­rol ser­vi­ce full of fes­ti­ve de­lig­ht

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ABERDEEN — Mem­bers of the wors­hip group of Graaff­rei­net’s NGK vi­si­ted Aberdeen and joi­ned the lo­cal con­gre­ga­ti­on at the to­wn’s NGK last Sun­day for a won­der­ful e­ve­ning of Chris­t­mas ca­rols and dra­ma­tic pre­sen­ta­ti­ons.

Af­ter a short vi­deo and song, the Graaff­rei­net group star­ted their per­for­man­ce with a dra­ma­tic pre­sen­ta­ti­on by dr. Ben van Ton­der. His ta­le of the com­po­si­ti­on of the much-lo­ved Chris­t­mas ca­rol Joy to the

Wor­ld led in­to a ren­de­ring of the ca­rol, with al­ter­na­te ver­ses in En­g­lish and A­fri­kaans.

The Graaff-rei­net group, com­pri­sing sin­gers ran­ging in age from scho­lars to pen­si­o­ners, per­for­med in ma­ny dif­fe­rent com­bi­na­ti­ons, in­clu­ding a men’s choir and la­dies’ choir, which ad­ded to the in­te­rest for the con­gre­ga­ti­on. The­re we­re al­so ma­ny op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­ti­on to join in, which most did with gusto.

A va­ri­e­ty of in­stru­ments was al­so u­sed to chan­ge the pa­ce and feel, with Ben van Ton­der and DJ van Wyk on guit­ar, and F­re­d­re La­te­gan on pi­a­no. Lo­cal or­ga­nist, the church’s be­lo­ved Ti­ne­ke An­der­son, ca­me out of re­ti­re­ment and ac­com­pa­nied a few of the ca­rols, and the ver­sa­ti­le DJ van Wyk al­so strum­med a­way on his u­ku­le­le for so­me i­tems.

In be­t­ween the fa­mi­li­ar po­pu­lar ca­rols was one com­po­sed by the group’s pi­a­nist F­re­d­re La­te­gan, who is o­ri­gi­nal­ly from Aberdeen. The haun­ting 'Ma­ria se Wie­ge­lie­de' was per­for­med by the la­dies in the group. The­re we­re al­so re­a­dings from Aberdeen’s do­mi­nee, Abe Bey­ers, and Dick and Estel­le van Vyk. Ne­ar the end of the con­cert, an Aberdeen choir per­for­med two i­tems, and much cre­dit should be gi­ven to Gi­na de Beer for her per­se­ver­an­ce in get­ting the group to­get­her.

T­hey per­for­med 'Si­lent Nig­ht', and a Sotho song, 'Sa­la­ni', both of which we­re very well re­cei­ved.

In be­t­ween the fa­mi­li­ar po­pu­lar ca­rols was one com­po­sed by pi­a­nist F­re­d­re La­te­gan.

See mo­re pho­tos at www.graaff­rei­ne­t­ad­ver­ti­ser.comThe Graaff-rei­net group, com­pri­sing sin­gers ran­ging in age from scho­lars to pen­si­o­ners, per­for­med in ma­ny dif­fe­rent com­bi­na­ti­ons, in­clu­ding a men’s choir and la­dies’ choir, which ad­ded to the in­te­rest for the con­gre­ga­ti­on.

The ver­sa­ti­le DJ van Wyk strum­med a­way on his u­ku­le­le for so­me i­tems.

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