Christmas harmonies for those in need


The sound of jingle bells and Christmas harmonies will fill Bert Church Live Theatre Dec. 2 when five choirs from Airdrie and the surrounding area perform to raise funds and collect food for the Airdrie Lioness Club’s Christmas Hamper Program.

The 24th annual Singfest, hosted by the Airdrie Community Choir, will kick off at 2 p.m., according to Justin Macosky, artistic director and conductor of the choir.

Choirs participating in this year’s event include the choir from Bert Church High School, local acapella group Anacrusis, Cantares Venezuelan Choir from Calgary and Choral Waves Community Choir from Cochrane, along with the Airdrie Community Choir.

“This year, we also went with a bit of a theme to celebrate Canada’s 150th, so we’re trying to encourage each of the choirs to sing one piece of music that was either written with Canadian text or composed by a Canadian choral composer or a Canadian arrangement,” Macosky said.

The Airdrie Lioness Club’s annual Christmas Hamper Program provides personalized hampers full of food for a Christmas meal, as well as groceries for a week, gifts and hygiene items for low-income families in Airdrie and the surrounding area.

Admission to Singfest is by donation to the program. Non-perishable food items, as well as monetary donations, will be accepted.

“The Christmas Hamper Program provides things to families in need so that everybody can experience a wonderful holiday season,” Macosky said. “Sometimes, it’s not easy for families to come up with a Christmas meal or gifts to put under a Christmas tree. This way, we can help by giving to (the Lioness Club) so that they can help more families in need during this time of year.”

Singfest usually attracts 300 attendees and lasts approximately two hours, Macosky said.

“The choirs join at the end for a mass choral piece and so typically we’ll have around 120 to 150 chorusers on stage at once singing together,” he said.

The Airdrie Community Choir will also be singing Christmas carols at the Airdrie Festival of Lights Dec. 4 and at King’s Court Community Church Dec. 18.

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