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Chancel, bell choirs to perform hour of 'inspiring music'

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The Norwalk First United Methodist Church Carillon Bell and Chancel choirs will present an hour of music for the community at 7 p.m. May 3.

The music selections will be based on hymn tunes and spirituals. There is no charge for this concert, but a free-will offering will be available.

“These are pieces that bring great joy to sing, play and hear. Various other instrumentalists will be joining to accompany the choir and bells,” director Carol Phillips said. “Please consider coming to the church on 60 W. Main St. and enjoy this hour of inspiring music.

“One year ago, a concert was offered as a fundraiser for the 13 members of the choir who were going to New York City to sing at Carnegie Hall. Because of the positive responses from this concert, it was decided to offer a concert every year.”

On June 17, choir members performed “Our Father: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer,” a cantata written by choral musician Pepper Choplin, at Carnegie Hall. The singers from the Norwalk church were part of the 225 members of the Distinguished Concerts International New York, which sang with the 50-member Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.

First United Methodist Church was built in 1896, with a choir contributing to the worship service since then.

“The choir continues to be an integral part of worship … offering music every Sunday throughout the year. The handbells were added to the church in 1982 and have rung consistently since then,” Phillips said.

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