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On Nov. 29 my family and I drove through the dark and rainy night to the Freedom Congregational Church, where the Mount View Chamber Singers had come to perform. I have seen the Mount View Chamber Singers perform many times, going back to my early childhood, though when I was younger I had little interest in such things, I have now come to appreciate them greatly.

At the beginning of the performance, the Freedom Church’s associate pastor, April Turner, gave an opening speech, evoking memories of the days when Freedom had an academy, and the church served as their center for events. After she finished speaking, the lights dimmed and the Chamber Singers entered, moving slowly up the aisles to music stands, each of which held a lighted candle.

Before every song, the director, Mr. Davenport, blew a note on a harmonica, so the singers knew their starting pitch. The church’s acoustics allow voices to echo off of the walls, filling the room with sound. The Chamber Singers sang many pieces, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Here Ring the Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger and Silent Night, the last of which was sung in its original German. When the songs were finished, the singers picked the candles up from their stands and shuffled slowly back out of the church, leaving the room in silence.

They are an incredibly talented and dedicated group and their performances are always a captivating spectacle. I would recommend attending a performance if you can. Their schedule is listed on their facebook page:  facebook.com/mvchambersingers/.

Notices

ReVision Energy in Montville is accepting donations for Toys for Tots. This is the fourth year that ReVision has participated in the program which is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Please bring new, unwrapped toys to 825 Acadia Highway (Route 3, across from Maritime Energy). Please call ahead to arrange a pickup or to meet by the front door. Call Tom Carter at 480-5226.