By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — It was only supposed to be a choir formed for one event.
Forty-seven years later, singers are still making music.
What began in 1966 as a small community choir in Derry is still going strong, meeting weekly for rehearsals, and joining vocalists of all abilities for annual concerts and other singing events.
The Interfaith Choir includes 35 singers from many communities and a variety of faiths and backgrounds who come together every week at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Derry.
The choir presents its spring series of concerts on April 13 at 7 p.m. at Chester Congregational Church, 4 Chester St., and again April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry.
Both concerts are free. A free-will offering will be accepted.
The group began as a special community chorus for a local ecumenical Thanksgiving service with the intention of only staying together for that one event.
Instead of disbanding, members chose to continue singing together.
“The members found such enjoyment singing with a large group (in 1996) they decided to stay together,” choir president Beth Hampton said.
Now, every spring, the group presents concerts at various churches and locations in Derry and surrounding towns.
The Interfaith Choir welcomes new member; no audition required. Rehearsals are held weekly during the regular season at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Derry. For information, call 432-4786.