Christmas Concert set for St. Mary's Church, Indian River

Journal Pioneer staff
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INDIAN RIVER – Friends of St. Mary's Church, Indian River, are hosting their second annual "Home for Christmas" concert Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Mary's Church, Route 104, Indian River.

The concert this year features recording artist Tim Archer, well known in the U.S. and central Canada for his rich tenor and moving renditions of country and easy-listening classics. Performing as Archer, he has recently produced his fifth international CD, recorded here on P.E.I. with Gordon Belsher. The recording, “Emotional and Inspirational,” has been described by the New York Times as “one of a kind.”

Archer moved to P.E.I. recently and purchased the house at Woodleigh, near Kensington, which he has been working to restore. He will be accompanied by P.E.I. musical friends Mike and Chris Smith, Erma Campbell, Wayne Diamond, Judy McGregor, Joan Reeves and talented newcomer Angelina MacKinnon, singing many favourites from his latest CD as well as his popular Christmas CD.

Archer has been raising funds for cancer and many other causes for many years through performances and CDs.

“It is a pleasure,” he says, “to be part of the fundraising efforts of the Friends of St. Mary's committee.  We are looking forward to performing in that beautiful acoustic space.”

The choral group Arioso, back for a repeat performance this year by popular demand, is a women’s ‘double trio’ choral group. Their six members, Juliana Elsinga, Claire Caseley Smith, Heather Lauraine-Harris Coulson, Angela Profit, Maureen Brennan, Meghan McCarthy with pianist Jennifer MacDonald, are music teachers who love singing together and thrill audiences with tight harmonies and spirited vocals. 

The church will be fully decorated for Christmas and hot apple cider with spice cookies will be served free of charge at intermission. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Friends of St. Mary's are a charitable association assisting the Indian River Festival Association, in particular with maintenance and restoration of this historic church. This concert is to raise funds to continue their work repairing and painting the interior walls, which was started this fall. 



Organizations: New York Times, Indian River Festival Association

Geographic location: P.E.I., Indian River, U.S. Canada Kensington

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