Crescendo International Choir has had a busy season of concerts this holiday season. In December, the choir, made up of basses, tenors, altos and sopranos, mostly from the United Kingdom, Holland, and Scandinavia, sang at the Catholic Iglesia Santiago Apóstol in Benijofar.
Christmas Carols were sung in both English and Spanish. At the end of the performance, choir members spread out around the church and sang the Blessing of Aaron to concert attendees. This is a beautiful song that includes the words, “The Lord bless thee, the Lord keep thee. Make his face to shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee peace.”
After the concert concluded, money was collected and donated to the Benijofar food bank. Bars of chocolate and other candies were also donated by choir members and given to local children.
On 5th December, Crescendo International Choir gave a concert in La Siesta Church in Torrevieja, as a memorial for one of its dear members, Ken Webb. Ken was also a member of The Royal British Legion and the closing bucket collection was donated to Torrevieja Branch of the Legion.
The choir’s final concert was held at the choir’s rehearsal home, Restaurante El Paraiso in Torrevieja, (near Carrefour), on Sunday the 16th of December. All proceeds from this event are used to help fund the choir’s expenses – remuneration for its Music Director, Irene Oliva, and Accompanist Toni Guillen, both Spanish natives, and for travel expenses to venues away from Torrevieja.
Rehearsals for the concert season will be held at Restaurante El Paraiso starting Monday, January 14th from 5:30 until 7:45 pm. Newcomers are welcome to join the choir.
For more information about Crescendo International Choir, see the web site www.crescendo-choir.com.