For almost a decade there has been a group of people who get together each Monday just for the love of music.
The Langley Concert Band was started in 2003 as an adult band and evolved to include high school students.
"Currently we have over 30 members between the ages of 14 and 70-something," said artistic director Brenda Wilson.
Those 30 members are hoping to share an array of music, mostly Christmas, with the community at Winter Frolic.
The annual band concert is set for Sunday, Dec. 9 at the West Langley Hall.
In Winter Frolic the band will present a wide variety of music_ many well-known Christmas songs as well as carols from around the world.
Other favourites will be Christmas songs from Broadway.
There's even a little "Opera meets Christmas and Bugs Bunny" selection.
"There's sure to be something for everyone - and a little carolling as well - and it promises to be fun for the whole family," Wilson said.
The show starts at 2:30 p.m. in the hall at 9400 208th St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those 18 and younger, or $40 for a family.
The band is always accepting new members.
"It is a really nice group of people and very welcoming to new members," she said. "We are always willing to take more people, regardless of instrument and there is no audition, but one year's playing experience is required."
Rehearsals are Mondays 7-9 p.m. in the band room of R.E. Mountain Secondary, 7755 202A St.
In addition to public concerts, the concert band has performed at Fort Langley's annual May Day celebrations, the Brookswood Summer Festival, the Langley Canada Day festivities, the Ladner Bandfest, Music Under the "K, a band festival in Keremeos, the Kiwanis Music Festival, a park concert in Merritt and other community events.
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Over The River
On a Winter's Night
Catalonian Christmas Carol
Sing Along With Santa
Sleigh's A' Comin'
Child is Born, A
American Portrait, An
Three Christmas Carols
Away in a Manger
Rockin' Ar'd the C'mas Tree
Christmas on Broadway
Santa of Seville, The
Here Comes Santa Claus
The Opus One Women's Choir presents a collection of holiday favourites.
Started three years ago, Opus is a direct descendent of the concert band and was also based on community members wanting an outlet for their love of music.
From 2000 to 2010 Brenda Wilson was the director of the Langley Community Chorus.
It was from that group that the original Langley Concert Band was formed so in the early years, there was plenty of crossover.
The band was made up of about 75 per cent chorus member and 25 per cent friends/community members.
"That gradually shifted, mainly because two night a week for music is a big commitment," explained Wilson, also the Opus artistic director.
In Opus One, half the membership used to sing in Langley Community Chorus.
Of those, two are former members of the band and only one continues to be in both Langley Concert Band and Opus One.
For Here Comes Santa Claus, on Dec. 16 at Brookswood Senior Centre, 19899 36th Ave, Opus One is offering a a collection of well-known and some not so well-known Christmas and Hanukkah songs.
"You'll hear such annual favourites as The Holly and the Ivy and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas along with seasonal music from around the world including, Italy, Finland, and England, to name a few. The program would not be complete without some Broadway Christmas classics such as It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas and My Favourite Things. There's even a traditional Christmas spiritual and of course, a carol sing-along - certainly fun for the whole family."
Tickets for the 2:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults, $10 for those 18 and younger, or $40 for a family.
Many of the choir members sang together in a mixed choir, but are enjoying the new experience of singing in an all-women's group. Wilson explained that besides performing two major public concerts a year, the choir enjoys performing at seniors' housing complexes, hospitals, festivals and other community events. Members had their second annual choir retreat in October, which was a fabulous experience both musically and socially.
There's no audition for women interested in joining. The requirement to join - a love of singing.
Get more at http://opusonewe.blogspot.ca/ or email@example.com. Rehearsals are Wednesday 7-9 p.m. in the R.E. Mountain choir room.
Artist of a Winter Night
Christmas on Broadway
Dormi, Dormi, O Bel Bambin
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
Holly and the Ivy, The
Home for the Holidays
In The Bleak Midwinter
Night of Silence
Rise Up, Shepherd
Vesi Vsyy Lumen Alle
Winter, Fire and Snow
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