TRURO - A special community concert held on the weekend has raised more than $11,800 for a local organization.
Choirs For Comfort, an initiative of Music Under the Steeple and Cantabile Society, held its eighth annual concert on Saturday and Sunday. Organizer Lynn Macpherson said the event, which was held at the First United Church and featured 400 singers from Colchester County, was a huge success and the money will go to the Colchester Food Bank. Of the total raised, $5,000 of it was donated by the Scotia Bank.
"Someone made the comment on Saturday that it was an appetizer that whetted their appetite and they would be back (Sunday) for the main course," Macpherson said. "The audience was engaged and there was a standing ovation at the end. People were very appreciative of the quality of music."
Macpherson said the charm of the concert is that it showcases the talents of all ages - from seven to 87 this year - as well as the singers versatility. There were 14 choirs participating during the two-day event.
"There's a diversity of performances so that there is something to suit everyone ... classical, modern, upbeat, pensive, children's and adults," she said. "And adults remember singing as a child and children see the adults and are reminded they can sing into adulthood."
Macpherson said the event started as a way for the Truro choral community to help fundraise following the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and it grew in popularity every year.
"More choirs got involved and attendance has grown," she said.