Christmas Harmony. Not the name of the latest Kardashian sprog, but the theme of a couple of ace concerts coming up.
Led by Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra, the concerts are for the whole family and feature a blend of secular and sacred Christmas carols in the company of director Sue Horrocks and the accompanist Nicky White.
The first one is on Monday, 10 December, at 7.30pm at Elmslie Memorial United Church, with the second concert also at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12 December, at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, 168 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah. We grabbed Marius Sabin Gaina of the choir for a few quickfire questions:
What can we expect on the night?
We will sing traditional carols (Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald, Silent Night, O, Little town, etcetera) in order to encourage our public to sing along.
We always keep traditional carols in our programme; well known pieces, in order to involve our audience in singing along.
Are there any surprises?
We will have a few specials with the Cayman National Choir and also with the Chamber Choir, but let’s not reveal titles as we want to surprise our audience a bit with them. Overall, we will have around 20 to 25 pieces with the Orchestra taking part too. Last year we surprised them with a Romanian carol and this year we have something brand new, in English.
How long have you guys been rehearsing for these concerts?
We started our rehearsals for Christmas concerts in early September and our songs are in great shape in this moment. I believe that we will have two great concerts, as usual.
Always the combination of a good choir and orchestra creates an emotional strength of sound and challenge audience expectations of great music.
How has 2012 been and what are your plans and hopes for 2013?
We had a good 2012. A fantastic concert in May – Lord Nelson’s Mass – was very well attended and with excellent feedback, we also celebrated our 35th anniversary, we have a Facebook page now (Please, like us in order to find out the latest info) also, a new webpage. We will perform along with London Choir in March, 2013 at Cayman Arts Festival under Roland Corp’s baton.
The concerts are free.