2017 Registration Information
It’s time for another Christmas Cantata in CBS! This is our 5th Christmas Cantata Project and we are inviting all interested singers from the CBS and surrounding areas to form a mass choir that will perform with orchestra this December. Everyone is welcome to join but those with prior choral experience may find the accelerated rehearsal process easier to manage. Learning materials are provided to each singer for home study.
Participants must be able to make 3 out of the 4 Saturday rehearsals:
- October 14, 2-5 pm
- November 4, 2-5 pm
- November 18, 2-5 pm
- December 2, 2-5 pm (mandatory for all singers)
The dress rehearsal (also mandatory) is on Friday, December 15th with the concert on Saturday, December 16th.
The fee for this project is $25. To register, simply drop us a line and we’ll send out more information as the first rehearsal draws closer. Come sing with us!
History of the Christmas Cantata Project
The Christmas Cantata Project has quickly become an annual tradition for the Conception Bay South and surrounding areas. For the past four years, the CSCA’s Holiday Concert has featured their own choirs plus the performance of a half hour massed choir work celebrating the Christmas season. Since 2014 the program has included a symphony orchestra to accompany the choir and has become one of the most favoured parts of the program for our audience and all those involved.
In 2013, the Coastal Sounds Community Choir invited members of the Topsail United Choir Adult Choirs and the Anchormen Chorus to participate in the first Christmas Cantata Project. The choirs were joined by Afterglow, a six member a cappella ensemble, and performed “When Love Was Born” John Rasley and Frank Cross, accompanied by piano.
In 2014, the program was opened up to all interested members in the CBS and surrounding area who wished to participate. This was also our first Cantata with orchestra. The concert was held at Topsail United Church and the work performed was “A New Birth, A New Beginning” by John Purifoy. Soloists were Deirdre Costello and Fraser McCurdy.
In 2015, the concert took place at All Saints Anglican Church in CBS and saw both the choir and the orchestra grow. The work performed was “Love Came Down At Christmas” by Joel Raney. Special guests were the Avalon Boys Choir, led by Stephen Candow.
In 2016, the concert took place once again at All Saints Anglican Church with a record total of over 100 singers and musicians taking part. The work performed was “Let The Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney. Special guests were the St. Peter’s Anglican Junior Choir, Upper Gullies, led by Vicki Greenslade.