By Scott Nixon, Times-Advocate staff
EXETER — A concert at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church this Sunday will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert.”
The concert Sunday at 3 p.m. is presented by the Bach Music Festival of Canada and the South Huron Community Choirs and will include a variety of patriotic Canadian and British music as well as recognition of local Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award winners David MacLeod, Bruce Shaw and Stewart Taylor as well as Bach Music Festival artistic director Gerald Fagan of London.
Television personality and former Exeter resident Jay Campbell will serve as master of ceremonies.
“It's a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” South Huron Community Choirs conductor and organist Janet Heerema told the Times-Advocate last week.
To mark Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, Fagan said the Canadian government set up a commission asking towns to honour the milestone. The local group applied and fit the criteria, he said, adding Heerema came up with the idea to host the event with the South Huron Community Choirs and surround them with soloists.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for the next Bach Music Festival of Canada, which is scheduled to take place in South Huron from July 14-21, 2013. Fagan said details of that week-long event will be released soon.
In addition to the South Huron Community Adult and Youth Choirs, this Sunday's performance will include pianist Anne Spivey, and local university music graduates Aaron Neeb on the French horn, Allison Neeb on alto saxophone and Michelle Roy on the trombone. Bagpiper Doug Bruce and drummer Jon Gill will also perform.
Special guests include Rev. Grayhame Bowcott, flag bearers Bob Snow and Marion Astle of the Exeter Legion, South Huron Coun. Wayne DeLuca and Paul Ciufo of the South Huron Chamber of Commerce.
Teacher Monique Pregent, a local First Nations Canadian, will introduce the youth choir's performance of “Land of the Silver Birch.”
Heerema said discussions about “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert” at Trivitt started about six months ago, with choir rehearsals starting in September. Some of the numbers this Sunday are pieces Heerema has performed in England.
She said the patriotic performances will honour the connection between Canada and Britain.
Both Fagan and Heerema say they are excited for this weekend's show.
“The music is just so rewarding,” Heerema said.
Some of the pieces scheduled include: “All Creatures of our God and King,” “Amazing Grace,” the national anthems, “Londonderry Air,” “God Shall Wipe Away All Tears,” “Song for Canada” and “Jerusalem.” Heerema said the show will last about an hour and a half.
Tickets for “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert” are $15, while children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the church and from Bach Festival board members and community choir members.
An afternoon tea follows the concert.