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Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir, Winter Harp return to New Westminster

Sing We Now of Christmas onstage at Massey Theatre Dec. 5

A holiday tradition is returning to the Massey Theatre stage.

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir is teaming up with Winter Harp to present Sing We Now of Christmas, onstage at the Massey on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

The choir is led by music director Jonathan Quick and pianist Karen Lee-Morlang.

For Quick, emerging from the pandemic to rehearse and perform in person again has been rewarding.

“Rehearsing together again has been a real joy, and having the singers more spread apart has resulted in some unexpected benefits,” Quick said in a press release. “They are embracing their individual roles more, and they are singing really well.”

Simon Baker, choir president, said the choir is excited to be back onstage after a two-year gap since its last concert – though members have continued to enjoy and rehearse music virtually on Zoom throughout the pandemic shutdowns.

“For the last 20 months, I have missed the personal touch of choir camaraderie, but even more I have missed the exciting satisfaction and emotional high associated with performing for an appreciative live audience,” Baker said in the release.

Audiences will also be treated to the sounds of the acclaimed Winter Harp ensemble, with harps, flutes, violins, rare medieval instruments – bass psaltery, organistrum, hurdy-gurdy and nyckelharpa – and percussion, with musicians clad in medieval attire.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, since the show is always a popular one. Tickets are $30 regular, $15 for youth (12-16) and free for children under 12. 

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir will also perform Dec. 7 in Surrey, Dec. 13 in South Delta, Dec. 16 in North Vancouver and online in an on-demand show available Dec.18 to Jan. 1. You can find all the details and ticket links online.

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