Peninsula Singers fill Mary Winspear Centre with Christmas joy

The Peninsula Singers perform A Slow Rockin’ Christmas. (Photos by Steven Heywood/News Staff)
Soloist Flo Pugh opens the evening during Joy: A Medley of Carols.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Kingham, left, reacts to the ‘Barbie’-cue joke.
The Singers paid tribute to the late George Michael with their rendition of Last Christmas.
Santa Claus is Just a Good Ol’ Boy … as performed by the Peninsula Singers.
Soloist Derry Oshust and Santa join the Singer for a bow.
Striped socks were not on the list in the evening’s performance of Santa’s Slip Ups.

The Peninsula Singers filled Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre with Christmas Joy on Sunday, Dec. 3 — the third in their annual trio of performances to near-sold-out audiences.

Artistic Director Lena Palermo led the Singers and guest performers in a variety of choral music, from a medley of carols to a pair of sing-a-longs with the audience. There was even an emphasis on music that promoted peace at this — and any other — time of the year.

Guest soloists Derry Oshust and Julie Mombourquette each performed their own songs — as well as a duet.

Dancers Maya Sinats, Brooke Furtado, Jordana Griffen and Jenna Spall added their choreography to the evening, while emcee Jim Kingham kept angling for a few Christmas goodies and shared a few seasonal – and corny – jokes in between performances.

There were a variety of performances and music to appeal to the audience. The Peninsula Singers also featured Helping Hands, a personal support services company and one of the evening’s sponsors.

Each year, the Singers donate a portion of the proceeds to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program, and Kingham was happy to announce they had now exceeded $45,000 in donations.

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