Exchanging gifts, decorating trees, attending church services, sharing a meal with family and friends, and waiting for Santa Claus to arrive — the City is already gripped with Christmas fervour.
Carol singing is an integral part of Christmas and several church and independent choirs in the City have been practising long and hard to put up an impressive show during Christmas time.
Metrolife interacted with a few choirs in the City to see what they have in store for Christmas. The ‘William Joseph Music Foundation’ will kickstart the Christmas carol season with the ‘Global Peace and Harmony Concert’ on December 2, 7 pm at Grand Ball Room, Leela Palace.
Ashley Williams, founder of William Joseph Music Foundation, who has been instrumental in popularising Western classical music in the City, says, “Music is the only unifying factor that celebrates this wonderful season. This is a time when a symphony of sounds bring people from different races, caste and kind together.
This concert series brings together professional musicians from all over the country. The concert also marks the launch of the ‘Indian National Symphony Orchestra’.” The evening will also feature Thailand’s popular duet couple Mongkol and Duangdao Chayasirisobhon. Admission to the concert is through invitations only. For details call, 9844119956.
Among the churches, the ‘East Parade Church Choir’ is not only popular for rendering traditional carols but it’s one among the few church choirs that render Western classical compositions, to perfection.
The choir is trained by Sujith Vengal Mathews. Jinson Geo, the choir master, thinks that no Christmas is complete without a carol service. This year, the carol service is on December 14, 6.30 pm and the theme is ‘For Unto Us’.
“The evening will feature a blend of all genres of music, including traditional, contemporary and classical pieces. The highlight of the evening will be Handel’s ‘The Messiah’, which includes the theme song ‘Chorus No 12’ and ‘For Unto Us a Child is Born, in addition to renditions by the junior choir,” informs Jinson.
The St Mark’s Cathedral will have their Christmas carols on December 16 at 6.15 pm. The 35-member choir comprising all age groups will be performing a few popular pieces including, ‘Shepherds Carol’ by William Billings, ‘Still, Still, Still’, an Austrian carol, among others.
About the programme, Anjana Samuel, convener music and programmes committee says, “The highlight of the carol service will be the whole congregation singing ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ in candlelight, led by the choir. The church premises is decked with lights.”
The Cathedral will also host, ‘Festival of Peace’, an annual event on December 9 at 5.30 pm, where ten choirs will perform. The highlight of the evening will be choirs singing traditional Christmas songs and a few others singing in vernacular languages.
Glorious, one among the oldest choirs in the City, is presenting its ‘24th Glorious Christmas Concert’ on December 15 and 16 at 6.30 pm at St Germain School Grounds.
Reji Chandy, founder of ‘Glorious’ says, “We choose songs that create moments of warmth, joy, wonder, hope, love, meaning and reason for the season,” he says. Entry to the concert is free. For details, call, 9243109701.
Sandra Oberoi will be directing the ‘Harmony Children’s Choir’, a unique four-part children’s choir on December 9, 5.30 pm at Jyoti Nivas College auditorium in Koramangala. The highlight of the evening will be ‘Childrens’ Handbell Choir’ and ‘Boomwhacker Ensemble’.
Sharing her experience of training children, Sandra says, “We will be performing pieces from the album ‘Beach Boys’ to very upbeat pieces from the 1960s. The kids will dress like people from that era and so can the audience. We’ve worked very hard and the kids have done a brilliant job.” For details, call 9343628255.