Small choir with big sound performs Dec. 16

Knox United set to ring out with the sounds of holiday cheer

The Cantando Chamber Singers go a-wassailing this Friday night at Knox United Church in Parkville.

A small choir with a big sound will entertain with some Christmas and winter music at Knox United Church Friday night.

The Cantando Chamber Singers are presenting Wassail where they will sing some early pieces as well as some modern music.

For many years now the Cantando Chamber Singers have entertained and delighted crowds during the holiday season.

The group first got started back in the ‘70s and sang strictly renaissance music called Madrigals. They would perform in full medieval costumes and were known for always giving away free refreshments.

Only the refreshment tradition continues today and the group of about 11 wears a more contemporary attire.

Choir director Ann Barber said the group has some challenging pieces and complex arrangements, but the audience can expect some popular carols with great harmonies, as well as some exotic arrangements of old musical  favorites.

She said most of their pieces are performed a cappella but they will have one piece accompanied by piano.

Wassailing is based on the early tradition of caroling door to door when the lord of the manor would give food and drink to the peasants in exchange for their blessing and goodwill.

Barber said in their Wassail, the audience will be presented with songs and good wishes as well as baked goods.

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Knox United Church, located in Parksville at 345 Pym St.

Tickets are $10 and are available from the Knox Church office or at the door.


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