The Hope Community Choir is hosting their “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” Christmas concert on Dec. 4. (Pixabay/neelam279)

The Hope Community Choir is hosting their “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” Christmas concert on Dec. 4. (Pixabay/neelam279)

Hope Community Choir hosting ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!’ concert on Dec. 4

Annual Christmas concert features Carol Peters singing a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ in Halq’eméylem

Calling Hope music lovers and those looking to enjoy some Christmas cheer. The Hope Community Choir is hosting their “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” Christmas concert this Sunday (Dec. 4). And it will feature a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ in Halq’eméylem by guest singer Carol Peters.

“We just want to have different people from our community, different groups, different ages,” says La Vern Klassen, the choir conductor. “We have the Silver Hope Dance Academy coming, so we’ve got some kids and then we’ve got some of the members from the choir who are seniors, they’re [singing songs too]. Just special numbers on their own, as well as joining the choir for the choir songs.”

The event will take place on at 2 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church. Admission is by donation, with the money going towards the choir’s Student Bursary Fund — which they award to student during the summer. It is the first Christmas concert from the choir in three years (due the pandemic).

“So we’re very excited to be able to have a concert again,” says La Vern Klassen, the choir conductor. “The choir will be doing ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’ ‘Little St. Nick’ which is a tune by the Beach Boys. And one called ‘I heard the bells on Christmas day.’ It’s a traditional carol but it was redone by a Christian Rock group. a few years ago…so the words are the same but they changed the music…So it’s not hard rock or anything, it’s just more soft rock or an easy listening song. And those are the three that the choir is doing.”

Aside from Peters and the regular set list, the afternoon also includes the Silver Hope Dance Academy and Tim Larson. Klassen hopes the community will show up and enjoy the music.

“We need a celebration after the pandemic and being apart for so long,” says Klassen. “Because we’re trying to bring the community together. We’re trying to have a musical celebration bringing the community together and helping high school students have a bursary and have more money to be able to go to school.”

READ MORE: Hope Community Choir sings in spring with annual concert


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