Whether young or young at heart, the 25-year-old Langley Community Chorus attracts all ages of people who share an insatiable appetite for music.
Take Muriel White, for instance. She and her late husband, David, joined the chorus more than a decade ago and White still loves it.
The widow credits the support of her singing community for helping her adjust to life after her husband’s passing.
“She continues her involvement with the choir and enjoys the experience of immersing in the soothing harmony that the choir makes under the talented music director’s guidance. Muriel understands that the camaraderie that she shares with her singing friends each Wednesday night can give her a great sense of fulfillment,” explained the chorus media liaison, Catherine Hoy.
White expressed her gratitude to the group.
“The LCC is important for me because music, particularly singing, has been an integral part of my life and singing with the chorus helps maintain my physical and emotional wellbeing and gives me a sense of community,” she told the Langley Advance.
Likewise, there is 13-year-old Jordan Thompson – a Grade 7 student from Noel Booth Elementary – who is equally grateful to the chorus for what its brought to her life.
Thompson describes it as a great learning experience and a chance to broaden her musical range.
“She feels this opportunity will give her a new window to view an already thriving passion,” Hoy elaborated.
Although still in school, Jordan already has four years singing experience behind her.
In addition to the academic load at her French immersion program, she also studies piano and voice at the Langley Community Music School.
She has loved to sing and dance since she was a young child, and is always performing around the house whether someone is watching her or not.
She was the recipient of a scholarship from LCC this year for her singing talent.
Thompson is honoured to join White and the rest of the choir to perform in their upcoming concerts this month, the first this weekend.
The series, dubbed Lights, Camera, Action… Sing!, features some of the group’s favourite movie tunes, Hoy said.
“If you want to hear the beautiful voices of this wonderfully blended choir – men and women; young and not so young – they will be performing an upbeat collection of favourite movie songs; from Old Man River to the Lion King and from Mozart’s Requiem to Ghostbusters,” she added. “They will be singing, whistling and snapping fingers to your old favourites.”
The concerts are being held Saturday, May 7 at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 3025 264th St. in Aldergrove. The second concert is Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at the Grove Church, 20784 93rd Ave., and the final concert in the series is on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at the United Churches of Langley, 21562 Old Yale Rd.
Admission is $15/adults, $10/students, and free for children 11 years or younger.
Tickets are available in advance from Long & McQuade on 200th Street at 64th Avenue.
For more information, people can visit: langleychorus.org.