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Christchurch Chorale & LHS Brass to perform Dec. 4 carol sing

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Above, the Christchurch School Chorale, with Simon Wainwaring directing,  sings at the Riverside Convalescent Center in Saluda last year.  The chorale was smaller last year, but is now up to 20 members.

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church invites everyone who wants to get into the Christmas spirit to “The Holly & The Ivy,” its annual Christmas carol sing, at the historic 1735 church in Irvington in Lancaster County on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m.

The festivities will include everyone singing traditional carols and seasonal songs and will feature two area musical groups to add to the holiday merriment. The acoustics in the church are considered exceptionally fine, and will enhance both instruments and voices.

The Lancaster High School Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Robbie Spiers, will perform familiar Christmas carols written for brass ensembles. The ensemble consists of five trumpets, a French horn, three trombones, a baritone and two tubas. 

In addition, the Christchurch School Chorale from Middlesex County, under the direction of Simon Mainwaring, will sing in four-part harmony both sacred and secular music, including “Lo, How a Rose ere Blooming,” “Once in David’s Royal City,” Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and Mainwaring’s own arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” The 20-student choir members come from as near as Saluda and as far as Korea. Christ Church education director Robert Teagle will serve as master of ceremonies. 

Following the caroling party, refreshments of hot-spiced cider and holiday treats will be served in the Bayne Center.

The foundation asks that everyone bring a non-perishable item to the sing. These items will be donated to the Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council. 

For further information, contact Historic Christ Church at 438-6855.

posted 11.26.2008

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