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Scotia takes Christmas spirit into account

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The Scotia Singers

Scotia Singers will stage their 18th annual free Christmas concert, 'Carols of Christmas Past', this evening in Emancipation Park.

The concert, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is normally considered one of the countdown activities in the Christmas season.

The free concert will feature the Singers performing varied renditions of popular Christmas tunes, some of which have been creatively rewritten by choir director Michael Leslie.

Patrons can expect to be impressed by retweaking and re-energising of some of your favourite songs and be transfixed by the special lighting that will create the mood during each stage of the performance.

Happening simultaneously will be the staging of Mary's House, which opens its doors to children of all ages who love to express themselves with art. Together they will create canvases, sharing their views on Christmas, while being encouraged by Scotia volunteers.

It is hoped that these canvases will be sold in an attempt to raise money towards a charity.

All children are welcome to share in Mary's House, which offers a free activity for children courtesy of the Scotia Foundation. Mary's House opened on Friday, December 12, and will remain open until December 21.

The Scotia Singers first came together in 1989 to perform as a chorale to mark the bank's 100th anniversary and hosted its first Christmas carol service in 1996. Since then, the group has performed at events such as the Governor General's Awards, the United Way Awards and the mayor of Kingston's annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The choir is almost 40 voices strong and comprises Scotiabank staff and pensioners who have been rehearsing, and performing on request, since the start of the year.