Freedom Gospel Choir premieres with two weekend shows

The Freedom Gospel Choir debuts this week with two shows. -
The Freedom Gospel Choir debuts this week with two shows.
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It’s new, it’s Gospel and it is ready to hit local fans of choral music not just once this week, but twice.

And if that isn’t enough to get the choir crowd drooling, it’s also got well-known valley conductor Ann Antonides stepping back behind the baton.

This weekend, the Freedom Gospel Choir presents Freedom Bound, the debut of Cowichan’s newest choir with two shows in Duncan.

Antonides, a leading light in the valley music scene for years as the former long-time director of the Duncan Choral Society, is spearheading this project, sponsored in part by St. Andrews’ Presbyterian Church.

“I found I was missing conducting,” Antonides said in a media release. “I went to a couple of workshops specifically on conducting the Gospel genre. I was hooked.

“This is a completely different style of music than what’s being offered by most choirs in the valley right now, and the conducting style is also a brand new challenge for me.”

Antonides started a recruiting drive late last summer that has yielded about 40 members. Their talents will be premiered during a Saturday evening show and a Sunday matinee.

The audience can expect spirituals, freedom songs and gospel favourites including Soon and Very Soon, His Eye is on the Sparrow, Steal Away, and more.

And if you feel the urge to join your voice with the choir’s you will get your chance on familiar numbers such as I’ll Fly Away and This Little Light of Mine.

Accompanying the Freedom Gospel Choir will be Tanya Gillespie on piano, John Robertson on double bass and Ron Joiner percussion.

The Saturday show starts at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday’s begins at 2 p.m. each at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 531 Herbert Street, Duncan.

Tickets are $15 from choir members or at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

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