Friday the 13, ominous! Bad weather and the roads were treacherous. However, when I reached the Winspear Centre, albeit almost half an hour late – the atmosphere was warming, the loft was already full so I had to make my way to the main stage where there were around 15 of us in the end. As I arrived Laurier was putting the final touches on “Thou Shalt Know Him” brought out my music and noticed that I had misplaced the last page – so I looked on Paul’s score, wasn’t quite hitting the notes at that time – should have practiced a little 😦 Anyway from there we did a few other items, Hallelujah Chorus, Angels We Have Heard on High with the choral ending and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
As we were rehearsing some of the audience members started coming into the hall and I think they enjoyed what they were hearing 😉
On with the Show – Jamie O’Connel from LITE 95.7 and Stacey Brotzel from CTV were the two MCs, as always Jochen Eggert was the “elf” who put the whole thing together and did a wonderful job again and Laurier Fagnan was our excellent conductor this year!
The show began with “O Come all Ye Faithful” and Laurier put the audience on notice that they were to sing verse two without the choir – they did a commendable job. This was followed by “O Little Town of Bethlehem” not the English version this year. “Joy to the World” was next and then we listened to the wonderful voice of John Tessier singing “Ev’ry Valley” from Handel’s Messiah!
“Away in a Manger” was next followed by “Angels We Have Heard on High” with the choral Gloria ending – we sounded pretty good on that. “Thou Shalt Know Him” written by Mark Sirrett came next and it was pretty good too – I found my last page after we sang it….
Jeremy Spurgeon our wonderful organist then did two organ solos – one from Messiah as well. “Deck the Halls” came next followed by a wowser of a “Hallelujah Chorus”, then “O Holy Night” with a solo from John Tessier. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was again sung by just the audience in the second verse, “Silent Night” sung in three languages German, French and English ending with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.
All in support of the Christmas Bureau