Hope Community Choir rehearses with choir director Jill Last and accompanist Karrie Matthews for their upcoming spring concert on April 29.

Hope Community Choir rehearses with choir director Jill Last and accompanist Karrie Matthews for their upcoming spring concert on April 29.

Spring concert at Grace Baptist Church

Young Street Vocal Band joins Hope Community Choir on Sunday

Hope Community Choir is hosting a special spring concert on Sunday with the Young Street Vocal Band.

The event is fundraiser for the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society’s Camp Skylark and will feature a variety of music, including popular songs from movies, Broadway shows, country and gospel.

“It’s just a great opportunity for the choir to perform with professional musicians,” said choir director Jill Last.

“Come out for the camaraderie, music and fellowship while raising funds for a good cause.”

Hope Community Choir has 24 members, ranging in age from 10 to 80, that sing a four-part harmony. Some of the members were at one time part of the Hope Ladies Choir which disbanded years ago. That choir was responsible for several community events, including an annual concert and the Carol Festival held at Coquihalla Elementary School in December.

Hope Community Choir has a dedicated fellowship, but is always looking for new members with a musical background.

“We are serious about our music, but basically it’s all about having fun with music,” said Last.

In the fall of 2010, Last started an outreach program called United We Sing, which provides music lovers a venue to gather for an hour of fun singing together. Participation varies between 30 and 50 people at any given time.

“To me music is a language that lifts your spirits,” said Last.

“In the community of Hope, sometimes people need a place to go. People off the street can come in and enjoy the camaraderie of it.”

United We Sing wraps up for the year on May 2.

The Hope Community Choir spring concert with the Young Street Vocal Band takes place on April 29 at Grace Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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