ChildrenSong hosting holiday concert in Cherry Hill on Dec. 2

This year, ChildrenSong will perform a seasonal concert entitled ‘A Ceremony of Carols.’

ChildrenSong of New Jersey, a community youth chorus based in Haddonfield known for excellence in performance, will present a concert of seasonal music for choir and harp entitled “A Ceremony of Carols.” Programmed and conducted by Polly Murray, the concert is centered around Benjamin Britten’s exquisite “A Ceremony of Carols” and other favorites for the Christmas season, much of which is performed with guest artist Megan Hoeflicker on harp.

The concert takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 327 Marlton Pike West in Cherry Hill. Adult tickets are $20. Students and seniors are $15. Children 14 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

“A Ceremony of Carols” was composed in part during the five-week journey that Britten spent traveling by ship from New York to England during World War II in 1942. During the voyage, the ship stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Britten purchased a book of medieval poetry. Poems from this book, along with Gregorian Chant and other poetry spanning 14th to 16th century England, served as inspiration for this masterwork for choir and harp.

Other selections on the program are favorites of the season: “Carol of the Bells”, “Go Where I Send Thee”, “Riu Riu Chiu”, “Ya viena vieja”, as well as a traditional holiday sing-along for the audience.

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