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Simcoe Singers marked first concert in Barrie in the spring

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

The Simcoe Youth Singers have become a hit at the Whispering Pines Retirement Home. Both the children and the residents enjoy the weekly rehearsals. From left to right, back row, are Lucy Szerminski, Connor Schaschl and Miriam Szerminski. In front are two residents - Thelma Coutts, who also sings in the adult choir, and Alan Clark, who has assumed the role of host. SUBMITTED

The Simcoe Youth Singers have become a hit at the Whispering Pines Retirement Home. Both the children and the residents enjoy the weekly rehearsals. From left to right, back row, are Lucy Szerminski, Connor Schaschl and Miriam Szerminski. In front are two residents - Thelma Coutts, who also sings in the adult choir, and Alan Clark, who has assumed the role of host. SUBMITTED

Janice MacLeod believes We Need A Little More Christmas and she's bringing it to Barrie this weekend.

The Simcoe Singers, adult and children's choirs, have a special concert planned to bring the spirit and fun of the season to life.

"(It's an) eclectic mix of sacred and secular music, silly and fun songs," said MacLeod, director of both choirs. "We need bells, snow -the kids are doing a cute song about bring on the snow days, plus we have some (ballroom) dancers and a young violinist (Lucas Candelino)." MacLeod started the adult choir in 2011 and added a youth choir when she retired from teaching. Both struck a chord with singers from Barrie, Oro-Medonte Township and Orillia.

It started originally in Oro-Medonte, but when they lost their rehearsal and concert space with the closure of Trinity Community Presbyterian Church, the base of operations moved to Barrie.

Now the Simcoe Singers rehearse at Whispering Pines Retirement Home. They marked their first concert in Barrie in the spring of 2016. Currently the adult choir has 53 singers and the children's choir has 14 - more are welcome to join - open to age six and up. Auditions are not required, just a desire to sing.

The concerts featured both choirs separately and together.

Amy Szerminski, an elementary school teacher in Barrie provides piano accompaniment. Some songs have an orchestral sound track.

The children's choir starts up again in the new year on Jan. 10 and the adult choir starts Jan. 11 at Whispering Pines Retirement Home.

They will be working toward a spring concert that has a Canadian theme with music from Songwriters Hall of Fame.

To register or for more information, see www.simcoesingers. com or call 705-487-0508.

The Simcoe Singers presentaton of We Need A Little More Christmas will be held on Saturday at Central United Church, 54 Ross St., beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults with a donation for the Barrie Food Bank and $5 for students. 



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