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Boys’ choir premiering award-winning composition at Truro’s Choirs for Comfort

['Chris Bowman, foreground, co-director of Choirs for Comfort, rehearses with Cantabile Boys Choir members James Robinson, Aiden Hennigar, Henry Lever, Kyle Brown, Zac Ellis and Erik Hayden. Choirs for Comfort will run both Feb. 9 and 10 at 3 p.m. at the First United Church. More than 500 singers in 15 choirs will perform over the two-day event.']
Chris Bowman, foreground, co-director of Choirs for Comfort, rehearses with Cantabile Boys Choir members. File photo

Those who attend this year’s Choirs for Comfort will have the chance to hear the premiere of a contest-winning choral composition.

The Cantabile Boys Choir will be premiering ‘We are the Music Makers,’ by Michael Andrew Smith.

In honour of the Cantabile Boys’ Choirs’ 10th anniversary, a choral composition competition was held. A panel made up of conductors Sarah Glinz, Chris Bowman, Brenna Conrad and Ross Thompson judged the entries.

“We considered the musicality and selected the one we thought would fit the boys’ choir best,” said Glinz. “We all did it separately and had no idea who the composers were.”

Michael Andrew Smith, who is a music educator in Saint John, often writes music and arrangements for his students and his church. He will be in Truro to hear his winning composition performed at the 15th Annual Choirs for Comfort concert, which is being held at First United Church at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Choirs performing this year include the Brookfield/Hilden Combined Elementary School Choir, CEC Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Cantabile Boys’ Choir, Cantabile Singers, Cantabile Impact!, Cantabile Truro Youth Singers, Central Colchester Junior High School Choir, Creative Voices, First Baptist Girls’ Choir, First United Church Choir, and Tatamagouche Area Singers.

Free will donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds going to the Colchester Food Bank.

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