Give a little song

More than 135 singers performed as part “Give a Little Song, Give a Little Life” at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday. The event raised more than $1,500 for the Victoria Hospital Foundation. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Roughly one year ago, a trio of Prince Albert choir directors began looking into ways their singers could give back to the community.

On Friday, Dec. 1, that plan came to fruition.

More than 135 singers from three different local children’s choirs came together for “Give a Little Song, Give a Little Life,” an evening of Christmas music that raised $1,520 for the Victoria Hospital Foundation.

“We always have an annual December performance and then we were looking for an opportunity to perform, to feature the children’s choir,” said Perry Acorn, who directs the Ecole Vickers Public School Choir.

“We like the idea of children using their talents to give back to the community,” added his wife Shelly, who directs the Arthur Pechey Public School Choir.

Vickers and Arthur Pechey were joined by members of the Prince Albert Children’s Choir, directed by Megan Fournier-Mewis and Combined Children’s Choir director Margaret Zulkoskey.

The selection of songs included mix of classical compositions of hope, such as “A prayer for Tomorrow,” as well as traditional Christmas carols like “Silent Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Visitors nearly filled Sacred Heart Cathedral to capacity to hear the annual December importance.

The directors said they were overjoyed with the performance, and thankful for the response from the community.

They were also grateful for the opportunity to teach their singers about serving and giving back to their fellow residents, which the Acorns say is just as vital.

“(It’s important because) they’re going to grow up to be contributing members of our community,” Shelly explained.

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