Bringing Christmas joy in more ways than one

Joy to the World, an extravaganza of Christmas music will be held on December 22 at the BMICH. The melodious voices of several well known choirs will be raised in harmony, singing the popular Christmas carols.

Soul Sounds and Revelations need no introduction as they have been singing for many years and have won several prestigious international competitions. Voice Print and the Peradeniya Singers, Soundarie David's children's choir, also the school choirs of St. Bridget's, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, St. Benedict's and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena will enhance this evening of family entertainment. Last but not least is Alpine Harmony, a trio from Austria, including a harpist, with Nicole Mueller as vocalist.

Joy to the World is presented by the Archdiocese of Colombo jointly with the Blessed Joseph Vaz Trust. This Trust was established with initial capital donated by Pope John Paul II, when he visited Sri Lanka in January 1995, for the Beatification of Ven. Joseph Vaz. The aims of the Blessed Joseph Vaz Trust are, in short, to reach out to the poor and needy financially and otherwise as well as promote education or training of needy persons irrespective of caste, creed or race. The proceeds of the Christmas concert will be utilized for the 'feed the hungry' programme of the Archdiocese and the self help projects of the Trust.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 2,000, Rs.1,000 and Rs. 500. The box plan is available at Aquinas University College, Maradana.

Nicole to sing with Austrian trio

“You need to identify your talent and train it,” says Nicole Ida Mueller. The 16-year-old, a student of Asian International School, an accomplished singer and news anchor at MTV will sing at ‘Joy to the World’ , the concert organized to salute Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for his new position as the Cardinal on December 22.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will attend the concert, where the “cream” of choirs will be performing. Nicole will be singing along with the Austrian group, Alpine Harmony that comprises harpist Egon Egger, guitarist Angelika Egger and accordion player Pius Frischmann. Nicole will be singing two songs along with the Austrian group -a German song and the other is to be a surprise for all.

Though her grandmother and great grandfather were singers Nicole says it was her parents who introduced her to music. She recalls how she used to sing at St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya, an early exposure to public performance. Voice training began aged five and she is grateful to Mrs. Odile Melder who was the foundation of her clear speaking which led to clear singing.

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