Community Choir concert draws record crowd

Published 9:04 am Saturday, December 24, 2011

To the Editor:

Thank you for all your assistance in publicizing the Franklin Community Choir Concert, which was held on Dec. 4. The ads and the written articles were a tremendous help in getting the word out, and we had our highest attendance of any concert to date – 390!

Not only did we have an afternoon of music for the Christmas season, but we also collected food for the Franklin Cooperative Ministry. Please allow me to express my gratitude to everyone in the greater Franklin community for your support and kind words. I must also thank the Rev. Ed Pickup and the kind people of Emmanuel Episcopal Church for allowing use of their parish hall while damage from Hurricane Irene was repaired at Franklin Baptist.

I asked the question of the number of carols that were sung in the piece called “Christmas Pudding,” and we had many answers, ranging from 12 to 26. I had actually counted the number of carols twice on Sunday and got conflicting numbers, so here is the correct answer — 26! Twenty-six bits of carols packed into 14 pages of music were challenging and also fun at the same time.

It has been my privilege to work with the Franklin Community Choir since 2005, and they are some of the finest people and singers that you could ever know. I am indebted to them for their persistence in the choir’s mission-sharing music with the greater Franklin community.

If you are a singer, please consider joining us for our spring concert. We will begin rehearsing on Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions concerning the Franklin Community Choir.

The members of the Franklin Community Choir join me in wishing the readers of The Tidewater News the most joyous Christmas of all and pray that God will continue to bless this community that we have come to know and love.

Steve Gibson