The Area Choir Christmas Concert is This Weekend

Community members from over 20 area churches have been journeying weekly to the historic South Congregational Church in Newport to rehearse for this year’s Area Choir Christmas concert. Performances will be held on Saturday, December 5  (at 7:30 p.m.) and on Sunday, December 6th  (at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and will include the South Church Bell Choir.

The Area Choir celebrates its 56th anniversary this year.  In 1953 Malcolm Rowell, the director of music at the South Congregational Church accompanied by co-founder Blanche Bailey began the choir, according to Jay Leavitt, Sunapee, a choir member.

“The purpose was to bring together small church choirs and give them an opportunity to perform  a larger, more difficult repertoire than was accessible independently. These concerts were held on Palm Sunday.”

The Area Choir’s first Christmas concert was held in 1963.

Now, of the 65+ choir members, “many of these members have sung in the choir for 10 plus years.  Some are new, but they all have one thing in common,” Leavitt said. “They love to sing.”

David Chaves, Sunapee, is the music director for the Area Choir and “makes wonderful things happen every year,” Leavitt added. “Please join us as we usher in the Christmas Season.”

Built in 1823 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the South Church is located on South Main Street in Newport.

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