TRURO, N.S. – Susan Henderson is excited about the connections between an upcoming concert and mental health.
This year, money raised through Choirs for Comfort will go to the Colchester-East Hants branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
“It makes a nice connection with music also making people feel uplifted,” said Henderson, executive director of the local CMHA branch. “I’m really looking forward to it. I love music anyway, and First United Church is a wonderful venue for acoustics. I’m looking forward to a very uplifting fundraiser.”
This is the 14th year for the concert, which is sponsored by Music Under the Steeple and raises funds for a local charity each year. This year’s performers are Brookfield/Hilden Combined Elementary School Choir, CEC Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Cantabile Boys Choir, Cantabile Singers, Cantabile Impact!, First Baptist Girls Choir, First United Church Choir, Onslow Junior High Choir, St. Andrew’s Church Choir, Tatamagouche Area Singers and Truro Youth Singers. The choirs come together to perform a couple of mass pieces at the end of the show.
“Lynn Macpherson (who co-ordinates the concert) approached me about this back in the fall,” said Henderson. “She came in the door and asked if we would like to be the recipients, and we were absolutely thrilled. This helps with our building campaign and with general awareness of our organization.”
The CMHA will have staff and volunteers taking donations (tax receipts provided for donations of $10 or more) and sharing information on mental health issues and the organization’s building campaign.
Choirs for Comfort started in 2004 after a tsunami struck Indonesia. Lynn Macpherson, who sings, and musical director Ross Thompson started talking about what they could do to help. The first concert was so successful, and so much fun, that they continued to hold the event each year.
Choirs for Comfort will be at First United Church on Feb. 10, with the show beginning at 3 p.m. (snow date Feb. 11). Admission is by free-will donation.