The Alumni Project performs in Abbotsford on Dec. 3.

The Alumni Project performs in Abbotsford on Dec. 3.

Alumni Project presents Christmas concert in Abbotsford

Performance held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bakerview Church

The Alumni Project presents a Christmas concert in Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Performances take place at 3 and 7 p.m. at Bakerview Church,2285 Clearbrook Rd.

The arrival of the Advent season will be ushered in with both traditional and uptempo musical styles.

The repertoire will include Lully Lulla Lullay, a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the Coventry Carol and English composer John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music.

The well-known song Mary Did You Know is presented in the Pentatonix arrangement along with many other favourite carols.

They will also repeat last year’s hilarious hit The 12 Days of Christmas Confusion.

The Alumni Project has collaborated numerous times with Abbotsford’s well-known violinist Calvin Dyck, who produces the long-running Songs Strings and Steps concert series.

This year, they have also been invited as guest artists by director Gail Suderman of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir for their Christmas concerts from Dec. 9 to 11.

This energetic group of young adults has grown up in local choirs, and began as a group of former high school friends getting together to participate in a Christmas concert four years ago.

They have since grown into in an impressive ensemble that sings with heart and with a joyful conviction to keep the choral experience alive for their generation and the ones to come.

The Alumni Project was founded by Sonja Hindmarsh and Carmen Hollett, who come from a family of gospel-singing sisters and perform with their dad Ed Fast as the group Father’s Daughter.

As with most of the others in the Alumni Project ensemble, they enjoyed excellent training at the MEI high school under legendary choral teacher Larry Nickel, and spent their childhood years with the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir founded over 35 years ago by Nancy Dyck.

Admission is $10 at the door. Visit alumniproject.ca for more information.

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