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A Dickens of a Christmas with Woodstock Choralaires

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The Charles Dickens era will be the focus of the Woodstock Choralaires Christmas concert this Saturday.

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Choralaires are putting on their annual holiday concert called a Dickens of a Christmas. 

The performance will take place on Saturday December 9th at 3:00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock. Choalaires member Heather Jones says it will be a one-of-a-kind show.

"We're focusing on music from the time of Charles Dickens. A lot of what we sing at Christmas in terms of carols and so on were written at that time, but we may not be doing it the way you're used to hearing it."

She says that Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, and more will be featured during the concert. 

"Some of them are jazzy, some of them are a little different tempo, so they're a lot of fun to sing once you learn that you aren't singing the usual way."

The choir has been performing since 1966, starting with 10 members who gathered in the home of Dr. Norman E. Burt-Gerrans. Currently, the group now has over 60 members including the director and accompanist.

Jones says this Saturday's performance will be narrated by special guest Scott Beaudin, who will be playing the role of Charles Dickens. 

"He started off in Stratford as the artful dodger in Oliver a few years ago and he has just grown and is known across Canada."

She goes on to say that, with kids 12 years of age and younger getting in for free, it's a great chance to show them a fun musical experience.

"I really think it's a great way to introduce children to a concert venue and get used to it. It's different than a hockey arena, we all have our places," says Jones.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Wilson and Markle Jewelers, online here, or over the phone by calling 519-456-5270.

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