Local choir Turaton will once again be entertaining crowds at Shepparton's Carols By Candlelight tonight.
The not-for-profit theatrical group has been running since 1944 and has participated in Carols By Candlelight for more than 40 years.
Toolamba's Keith Bryant, 75, has been a part of the group since 1981 — so long he can't remember the number of times he has performed at Carols By Candlelight.
For Mr Bryant, the group has a number of benefits.
In particular, he finds his involvement in the group satisfying and relaxing.
“I just love music, it's very relaxing, it takes the stress out of life,” he said.
The group also has a social benefit, with Mr Bryant having formed many friendships.
It was the pure joy of singing that prompted Mr Bryant to join the group all those years ago.
“Just because I love singing,” he said when asked why he joined Turaton.
He enjoys the vocal possibilities of group singing.
“I think there's nothing better than voices in harmony."
Turaton's performance at Carols By Candlelight this year will include about 30 members of a variety of ages.
As always, the group is promising a very special piece.
Mr Bryant said it was the community involvement and shared love of singing that keeps them coming back to Carols By Candlelight.
“I think we enjoy the involvement with the community. We love singing.”
It's because of this community vibe that he encourages locals to support the event
“I think it's a wonderful community event, it brings people together.”
He also thrives on the the sense of celebration that accompanies the event.
“It's good to see people coming together enjoying themselves celebrating Christmas.”
In particular, he loves the event's ability to bring people of different backgrounds together in joint celebration.
“Many different nationalities attend, which is good."
Mr Bryant loves Christmas music, particularly O Little Town Of Bethlehem, as it illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.
“It tells the story of where it all started.”
Aside from Carols, Turaton has a concert every May where the group travels to about eight different local locations and perform.
They also perform at other events when they come up, and have performed a number of musicals over the years.
Turaton's involvement in Tatura Carols also stretches back more than 30 years, with the group's most recent performance at the event last week.
Rehearsals occur weekly when there is a major event coming up, with the group having dedicated four rehearsals to Carols.
Turaton is always looking for new members, with Mr Bryant encouraging those who share his passion for singing to join the group.
“If they enjoy singing, it's one way of meeting new people and socialising,” Mr Bryant said.
Carols By Candlelight is on tonight at Queen's Gardens in Shepparton, beginning at 6.30pm. Entry is free.
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