Pelham’s Christmas Season Starts with Music
December 16, 2016
by Jay Hobson
New Greeley Singers Perform Christmas Favorites
The New Greeley Singers conducted by Michael Green, a non-profit community singing group that meets at the First Congregational Church in Pelham performed a concert of Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the church.
Selections included: “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah, O Holy Night, “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), an audience sing-a-long, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and others.
“The New Greeley Singers was formed in 1996 to replicate the group that started with David Alonzo Greeley back in the 1800s. They would get together and practice all day and after a picnic or dinner, they would perform later that night. In 1996 they did the same thing and called themselves the New Greeley Singers,” Michael Green said.
“This group has been together since 1996 and we celebrated our 20th anniversary this past spring,” Michael’s wife Laura Green said. Laura Green is conductor of the Valley Hill Choir which also sang at the concert.
Yuletide Celebration at Pelham Fire Station
The Pelham Fire Department hosted its annual yuletide festivities at the fire station on Sunday, Dec. 11. Performers included Sound Expressions, a country/rock band. Choirs from the New England Pentecostal Church and members of the Pelham High School Concert Band all of played Christmas classics to a crowd of a hundred or so guests.
Pelham Firefighter Paul Fisher, who organized the event, said that the yuletide festivities have been a longtime annual tradition. “Longer than the 10 years that I’ve been here,” Fisher said.
Guests enjoyed a rousing spirited rendition of “Silent Night, “I Love the Lord” and others by the New England Pentecostal Church’s children’s choir called the Young Levite Choir and the adult New England Pentecostal Crusade Choir.
That was followed by members of the Pelham High School Concert Band and the country/rock band Sound Expressions added more Christmas music as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by fire truck to the delight of dozens of children.
Guests were treated to refreshments of cookies, pastries and, for a small donation, hot dogs and hamburgers were provided.