Lower Clarence Community Choir were at the Maclean Rotary Christmas Carols at Maclean High School on Saturday night, 13th December, 2014. Community Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Lower Clarence Community Choir were at the Maclean Rotary Christmas Carols at Maclean High School on Saturday night, 13th December, 2014. Community Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Jingle all the way for Christmas carols in the Clarence

CLARENCE VALLEY CAROL DATES

  • Dec 9: Carols in the Square at Grafton Market Square
  • Dec 10: Maclean Rotary Carols at Maclean High School
  • Dec 11: Maclean Baptist Church Carols at Townsend
  • Dec 14: Iluka Carols at Iluka Sports Ground
  • Dec 15: Lawrence Community Christmas Carols at Lawrence Public Hall
  • Dec 16: Whiddon Home carols at Maclean
  • Dec 18: Yamba Rotary Carols
  • Dec 19: Mareeba Carols

Jingle all the way for Lower Clarence Community Choir

LOWER Clarence Community Choir president Connie de Dassel says she's played Jingle Bells 'hundreds of thousands of times', but the look on the kids' faces makes it all worth it.

"By the time we teach it, sing it and entertain with it it's a lot, but it brings a lot of joy."

"We had a little four-year-old learn to play it on the piano this week, and they were as excited as anyone I've ever seen."

Songstress Connie de Dassel warms up her vocal chords for the Maclean Christmas Carols on Saturday night at Maclean High School. Photo: Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner.
Songstress Connie de Dassel warms up her vocal chords for the Maclean Christmas Carols on Saturday night at Maclean High School. Photo: Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner. Debrah Novak

Mrs de Dassel will add to that tally over the Christmas month, with a big lineup of caroling for the choir and the Maclean Convent Music Academy.

"We're doing the Maclean Rotary carols this Saturday with Troy Castle as compere, and then we're going to Iluka, the Whiddon home, Mareeba, and some of the choir will perform at the Yamba carols as well," she said.

"We're really doing the rounds, but we love doing it, whether it's with the music academy or the choir we just love being part of it - we love the joy it brings people."

A photo from Carols in the Square last year in Market Square.
A photo from Carols in the Square last year in Market Square.
Meantime, Grafton will get the chance to have those Christmas voices ready and Santa hats dusted, as this year's 'Carols in The Square' is on again this Friday, December 9.

Commencing at 7pm in Market Square Grafton, traditional carols will be sung accompanied by the Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus together with the Grafton Salvation Army Band and Jacaranda Brass.

A contemporary church band will also play songs in between the traditional carols. Organised by the Grafton Ministers' Association, the event is a fun evening out for families and the whole community, with a very well known white bearded guest arriving as a special treat.

There will be a large screen showing the words for each carol, so bring a blanket or chair and come and enjoy some community singing at its best.



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