Vera Choir Christmas concerts kicked off in the Kootenays

The Vera Choir and Instrumental Ensemble played their Christmas Concert on Sunday afternoon to a packed audience.

A single line of children walked along the pews at Knox United Church, candles in hand, filling the room with their rendition of “Silent Night.”

That is how the Vera Choir and Instrumental Ensemble began their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 14 to a packed audience.

Choir director Gilles Hainault said he was pleased with the performance of the choir as well as the turnout of listeners.

The focus of the concert set list was split in half in the hopes of appealing to a mass audience for the holidays.

“We had great attendance but I think it was also the combination of children doing one part of the concert with more popular music and ‘common’ tunes and the second part with a more ‘sacred’ approach that would please everyone in the hall,” noted Hainault.

The children’s choir featured vocalists as young as six-years-old singing popular Christmas tunes.

According to Hainault, the choir practiced for two months leading up to the performance.

The choir is taught by the IDEAL Music and Arts Society, a group that promotes concerts and is part of the Jaffray-based Ideal Music and Arts for Great Education (IMAGE).