Randolph Singers Begin Dec. Concert Rehearsals

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Communities / Sep. 7, 2017 9:06am EDT

This Tuesday evening, the Randolph Singers began its 49th season of presenting choral music, when several dozen people turned out for the first rehearsal at Bethany Church.

The weekly rehearsals will prepare the group for a Christmas concert on December 10 at Chandler Music Hall.

Co-directors again this year are Dick and Marjorie Drysdale of Randolph. Both have extensive choral music experience. Dick conducted the Singers for 25 years starting in 1972 and Marjorie conducted the Randolph-based auditioned chorus, “Sounding Joy” for many years, and also has conducted the Randolph Singers.

Once again this year, Marjorie will also conduct a children’s choir called the Festival Children’s Chorus.

Rehearsals for the children’s chorus will begin in October, and any parents interested should call Marjorie at 728-3734 or email her at marjoriedrysdale @gmail.com.

The children will sing some music on their own at the December 10 concert and will join the adult singers at times.

The Randolph Singers are a true community chorus, welcoming all who are interested and can attend regular weekly rehearsals. The only requirement, the directors say, is a love of good music.

Auditions are not necessary to join the group, and new singers are still welcome to participate in this year’s program. If interested, call the Drysdales at 728-3734 or simply show up at next Tuesday’s 7 p.m. rehearsal.

The music this year will open with a variety of Christmas-themed short pieces from the book “Carols for Choirs” edited by the late British master David Willcocks.

The second half of the program will be called “Handel With Care” and will feature two major works by the great composer, including the Chandos anthem, “O Sing Unto the Lord” and the stirring coronation anthem, “Zadok the Priest.”

At the concert, the Singers will be accompanied by a small orchestra and longtime accompanist Marta Borgstrom on piano.

The final selection for the evening, it is rumored, will be Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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