New Horizons hosting annual Christmas concert

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Fifth annual performance to be held at Marigold

TRURO – It’s that time of year again when the Glasgow and Cobequid New Horizons Bands present their annual Christmas Concert.

Horst Soehl, foreground, and Mike Devine perform with the Cobequid New Horizons program. This is the fifth year for the program, which has its 9th Wave starting on Sept. 12 with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the former Princess Margaret Rose Elementary School on Willow Street. 

The fifth annual concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door.

The show will feature the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Wave groups from the Truro and Pictou County areas put together in different combinations, and will present a variety of Christmas selections both sacred and secular. Most of the Christmas arrangements have been written by Nova New Horizons Band program founder and director Paul Barrett, who will share the baton with Truro Concert Band director Ken Henderson, also director of the Glasgow New Horizons Band program, which is based at Christ Anglican Church in Stellarton.

The 9th Wave Cobequid groups will be joined by the 8th Wave Glasgow players in their first public performance, a very exciting time for these novice senior musicians, most of whom started to learn to play their instruments in September of this year - a short four months ago. The 7th and 8th Wave groups will be joined by the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Wave players in their second Christmas show. The 1st and 2nd Wave band members are now “seasoned performers”  - this will be their fifth Christmas Concert.

Also featured in this show will be the Cobequid New Horizons Jazz Band. This group is being directed by Truro Junior High School music teacher and band director Nick Fisher. Fisher has worked with the New Horizons program in the past as a substitute teacher and as a woodwind instructor at the annual New Horizons Band camp held each summer at Dalhousie University.

This 15-member group will be performing three Christmas arrangements in the jazz band style.

The New Horizons Band program is a great opportunity for seniors to acquire new skills and for some to realize a life long dream of learning to play music. It is also an opportunity to meet people who share the same interest – a love of music. So come out and listen to these bands perform an interesting variety of Christmas music at a variety of levels of musical ability.


Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Glasgow New Horizons Band, Christ Anglican Church Cobequid New Horizons Jazz Band Truro Junior High School Dalhousie University

Geographic location: New Horizons, Truro, Pictou County Stellarton

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