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The Seaway Winds are pictured in rehearsal for their upcoming Christmas concert.

The sounds of Christmas music are already ringing throughout the community with rehearsals in full swing for upcoming concerts celebrating the festive season.

The Seaway Winds Concert Band, under the direction of associate conductor, Raymond Lacroix, will “Ring in Christmas” on Saturday, December 1, at Knox-St.Paul’s United Church, located at 800 12th, at 7:30.

Guest performers will include Knox-St.Paul’s Ringers, a hand-bell ensemble directed by Rosemary Brown, as well as the Laudamus Vocal Ensemble, featuring the Brown Family.

“We've always sung together in church, at the dinner table, and for various other events, said Felicity Brown, who along with her parents and sister make up the group. “My mother, Rosemary, is the music director at Knox - St. Paul's, and my father, Bill, is the director at St. Columban's.”

The quartet will be singing a selection of bell-themed numbers during the concert, and then Felicity will join the Seaway Winds for a Christmas medley and a solo performance of Gesu Bambino by Yon.

Other selections include Christmas Fantastique - arranged by Victor Lopez; A Christmas Canon, arranged by Michael Green; Festive Yuletide Cameos, arranged by David Shaffer; Sounds of the Season, arranged by John Moss; Sound of Bells, by Peter Sivan; And a Happy New Year, by James Christensen, among other numbers.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with free admission for children under 10, accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Seaway Valley Tourism (11 Water Street West) and at the Cornwall Square administration office on the second floor.

The Seaway Winds will take their show on the road to Ingleside on December 5 at St. Mathew’s Presbyterian Church. Admission is free. Tea and desserts will be served for a donation.

The Centennial Choir of Cornwall is delighted to bring you JOY at its much anticipated and appreciated Christmas concerts to be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 pm and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2pm at St John’s Presbyterian Church, located at 28 Second St. E.


“Our faithful audiences look forward to a wide variety of presentations, from the traditional pleasures of children’s dreams at this special time of year, to the more spiritual and deeper understanding of this holy season,” explained Margaret Emberg, member of the Cornwall Centennial Choir. “Our interpretation of Kingston’s Mark Sirett’s ‘Jesus, Your Boundless Love’ is certain to lift your spirits heavenward.”

Other selections for the concert include a calypso carol, contemporary spiritual, traditional pieces with lovely new arrangements, a simply silly song by our ladies, and renditions with wishes for the coming year.

Tickets for the Centennial Choir concerts, available at Cornwall Square or from one of the choir members, are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Organizations: Seaway Winds Concert Band, Cornwall Centennial Choir, United Church Brown Family Presbyterian Church Seaway Valley Tourism 11 Water Street West Cornwall Square administration

Geographic location: St. Paul, Cornwall, Ingleside

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