VOICES RAISED: Singing carols for Rose City Christmas shoppers are Warwick Choral Society singers Fay Cutmore, Jennifer Marshall, Alison Baistow, Jan Walker, Helen Bruggemann, Jean Dodd, Lesley Harrower, Lori Abood, Elizabeth Ratajczyk, Frances Symonds, Graeme Parkinson and Margaret Bryant.
VOICES RAISED: Singing carols for Rose City Christmas shoppers are Warwick Choral Society singers Fay Cutmore, Jennifer Marshall, Alison Baistow, Jan Walker, Helen Bruggemann, Jean Dodd, Lesley Harrower, Lori Abood, Elizabeth Ratajczyk, Frances Symonds, Graeme Parkinson and Margaret Bryant. Sophie Lester

Choral voices on high as cheer spreads through society

PATRONS of Rose City Shoppingworld getting through their last-minute shopping this week have been treated to the sounds of Warwick Choral Society singers.

Musical director Alison Baistow said Christmas was a great time for the Choral Society, which has been singing carols for more than three decades to help shoppers get in the Christmas spirit.

"We sing in the shopping centre every Christmas - we've been doing it for over 30 years," Miss Baistow said.

"We do it for a number days before Christmas and sing for a few hours each day, alternating between morning and afternoon.

"We always get really good reception from the management and shoppers - everybody enjoys hearing us."

While members of the club would sing carols solely out of passion, Miss Baistow said payment for their performance was a major part of the club's lovelihood.

"I'll admit the shopping centre pays us but it's an important part of our income," she said.

"We've had a good roll up in the last few days even though we've had a bit of competition with Jenny Brosnan also singing in the food court, but we've worked around it to keep performing.

Miss Baistow said the group had a warm welcome from shoppers and staff.

"Some people said they like us more than the piped music," she said.

"We do tend to sing more traditional carols - we do have some contemporary ones but we're careful because people generally like to hear what they know.

Anyone interested in joining the Warwick Choral Society can attend the first meeting of 2016 on Monday, February 1 from 7pm at the Percy St Choir Hall.



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