Going back to performing in front of an audience is exhilarating and simultaneously nerve-wracking, says Delta Choral Society’s media relations person Julie Lymburner with a laugh.
It’s been two holiday seasons since the choirs have been able to put on their usual Christmas festivities, and this year, they’ll be performing two concerts, named “Joy! Joy! Joy!”, at the South Delta Baptist Church on Dec. 4.
“It’s a beautiful venue. The people at the church, even though we’re not affiliated with the church, at this time of year, they really pull out all the stops. There’s sparkle and there’s Christmas trees, and hopefully that’ll make people feel really comfortable and safe and warm in this venue,” says Lymburner.
“It’ll be a real eclectic mix of seasonal songs related to Christmas, and we’ve got a brass and percussion group of musicians that are performing with us.”
Three Delta Choral Society choirs will be singing, including the Delta community choir, the chamber choir and the children’s choir.
“We’re very proud of our reputation. The Delta Choral Society has been around for decades and it has seen changes in its leadership, changes in its membership, but the music has endured and the quality continues to improve. I think that this is something that we should be proud of in Delta and we should support one another in Delta,” she says.
The concerts are family-friendly and COVID-friendly, explains Lymburner, and everyone – including performing choir members – is required to wear masks.
Proof of double vaccination will also be required for entry at the door, and the audience will be spaced out among the pews, with family or friend groups able to sit closely together.
“We want people to feel both safe and welcome, as this departure back into live music, face-to-face music [is something] that some people haven’t yet experienced [since the pandemic],” she says.
“This is an opportunity to come on out and enjoy yourself and the community, but it’s also a way of supporting one another and showing that we care at this time of year in another way. Hopefully, it will be a mutually beneficial event.”
Tickets are available from choir members, on the Delta Choral Society’s website and at the door while quantities last for the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances.
Adults are $20, seniors and students are $15 and children 10 and under are free admission.
If you’re interested, head to www.deltachoral.ca.