On the evening of Sunday, December 17, 2017, the parish of St. Helen’s, West Point Grey presented their annual Family Carol Sing and Concert.
The Reverend Scott Gould, rector of the parish reported that many in attendance said that this was the best one in years.
Three choirs performed: The Choir of St Helen’s, The Hycroft Singers and Eurydice Women’s Choir all under the direction of Dr. Kevin Zakresky. The Story Men an original contemporary folk group comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Murrie and the aforementioned Reverend Gould also performed. Their rousing version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” was a big hit. Dinah Ayre performed a beautiful rendition of Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino,” accompanied by Dr. Zakresky.
There was a “Children’s Quiz” and a pop-up Christmas Pageant featuring a rendition of “Little Drummer Boy.”
A feature of the evening was the premiere performance of Rev. Gould’s newly composed Magnificat for choir, piano, guitar, djembe, and soprano solo with St. Helen’s Choir, soprano soloist Alison Powell, guitarist, Rev. Gould all under the direction of Dr. Kevin Zakresky.
As the concert drew to a conclusion the combined choirs surrounded the audience for the sing-a-long finale.
More than 150 attended the event and the proceeds will be directed to the mission and ministry of St. Helen’s, West Point Grey.
PHOTOS: Wayne Chose