The Tempus Choral Society’s 2011 Christmas Concert “Swingin’ Christmas” kicked off the holiday season, filling the air of St. John’s United Church with the glorious sounds of beautiful choral music.
Part of Oakville’s Christmas tradition, the Tempus Choral Society featured wonderful arrangements of our beloved traditional songs along with many new and delightful pieces, some with a jazzy beat, others with a more contemporary tone. Director Brian Turnbull and the choir’s accomplished pianist, Jane Wamsley, along with the choir, created a blending of the wide range of individual voices that brought tears to the audience’s eyes and dancing to their feet! A number of talented soloists, small groups of singers, saxophone, bass guitar and piano instrumentations, and the awesome Tempus Chamber Choir added to the variety of this celebration of Christmas sounds!
The audience had an opportunity to Sing-a-Long. This is always a fun part of the evening. Christmas songs such as A Swingin’ Christmas, Deck the Halls, Ave Maria and Sentimental Journey were but a few of the Tempus Choir’s delightful selections to make this a “Wonderful Christmastime”!
Formed in 1999, the Tempus Choral Society is made up of about seventy five talented musicians. They perform at festivals, including the lighting of Oakville’s Bronte Christmas Tree. Competitions are always a joy to work for and this year they will be participating in the World Choir Olympics in Cincinnati to sing with choirs from around the world. An exciting opportunity! We wish them every success. Other musical adventures have included concerts with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir and the Youth choir of Denmark and trips to Boston, Charleston and New Orleans.
“Christmas is a time of memories, stories, friends and family. It is a time of wonderful music and sharing. Our wish for all of you is an enjoyable musical experience, a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012”: Brian Turnbull, Director of the Tempus Choral Society.
To learn more about the Tempus Choral Society visit their web-site at www.tempuschoralsociety.com.