The Holy Family Church will be filled with the sounds of song on Friday (Dec. 17) for the return of the Fernie Community Choir’s annual Christmas concert.
Anna Majic, who is one of the organizers of the choir, said she thinks the concert will bring joy to people.
“It’s a really wonderful way to kick off a Christmas couple of week,” she said.
The Christmas concert took last year off due to COVID-19. The singers will be wearing masks at Friday’s event, but Majic said that at a recent dress rehearsal, the group “sounded pretty good” despite the face-coverings.
“It’s just so wonderful to sing that we don’t really care. We’re so happy to be together and to be singing.”
Most of the songs on the docket will be Christmas songs, but “not the traditional sing along Christmas songs.” They wanted to vary up the repertoire so as not to sing songs that are heard on the radio every day.
Any traditional songs that they do are usually done “in a more interesting” and “fun” way, Majic said.
They will be doing creative renditions of Variations on Deck the Halls and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, for example. One of the more traditional songs they’ll sing will be Silent Night.
The concert will run for about an hour long. There’s no intermission. People can just come, enjoy, “and then off you go,” Majic said.
“Gets you in the Christmas spirit.”
“The music is going to be varied and beautiful, it’s going to be short so that it’s not exhausting for the audience, it’s not a long night.”
She said the choir loves to perform in the Catholic church because “the acoustics are absolutely wonderful.”
“It’s just magnificent.”
Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, with tickets going for $10 each for anyone over 12 years old. They will be sold at the door and by individual members of the choir.