4 Randolph Choruses Sing-In the Holiday

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Arts / Dec. 3, 2009 3:23pm EST


Marjorie Drysdale, right, and Lindsey Warren will direct the Sounding Joy! chorus and the Randolph Singers, respectively, this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall. There is no admission charge, though donations will be welcome to pay expenses.Marjorie Drysdale, right, and Lindsey Warren will direct the Sounding Joy! chorus and the Randolph Singers, respectively, this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall. There is no admission charge, though donations will be welcome to pay expenses.

Randolph’s two two adult choruses—the 41-year-old Randolph Singers and the 25-year-old Sounding Joy! Singers—will combine this Sunday, Dec. 6 for an afternoon holiday concert.

“Tapestry of Carols” will be performed at 4 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall Carols” Much of the music from the rich English Christmas tradition.

And as a special holiday gift, admission will be by free-will offering.

And as if two adult choruses were not enough, the concert will also include two children’s choirs, the Sounding Joy! Youth Chorus and the Bethany Church youth choir.

The audience will be asked to sing along on a few traditional carols.

The Randolph Singers are directed by Lindsey Warren in her second year with the group. Sounding Joy! Is conducted by its founder, Marjorie Drysdale.

Marta Borgstrom is piano accompanist for both choruses and will conduct the Bethany Church youth choir.

Each chorus will perform its own music, and all four of them will join in on some pieces.

The English choral tradition has stimulated generations of fine composers who wrote music for the grand English cathedrals.

Several arrangements by David Willcocks will be part of the Dec. 6 concert at Chandler, as well as compositions by British composers including Sir Edward Elgar, Thomas Weelkes, and today’s giant of choral music, John Rutter.

“We are planning this as a true community holiday celebration,” said Stuart Chase of Bethel, who is president of the Randolph Singers and also sings with Sounding Joy.

“The hall will be beautifully decorated as usual, and this will be a joyful way for everyone to begin the season. Lindsey and Marjorie have prepared some beautiful music for us, and we hope the community will turn out in droves!”

In order to bring out a large attendance, both choruses agreed this year that admission will be by free-will offering. After paying for the Chandler space, the offering will go to support their expenses.


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