Carols by Trinity College trio
WHEN organisers of this year’s Carols by Candlelight contacted Trinity Catholic College looking for singers, music students Rachael Manwarring and Jaimee Hunt had no hesitation in volunteering.
Jaiden Isgrove was a slightly more reluctant recruit, but he was soon talked into accompanying the girls on his guitar and is now looking forward to the night.
All three are Year 12 music students at the college.
“Christmas is a good time to play music and have fun,” Jaiden said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s faces with their candles glowing.”
Rachael has loved Christmas concerts ever since she was a child.
“I always used to sing along and always wanted to be in one,” she said.
Jaimee began singing lessons in Year 5 and performed in a 700-voice choir at the Sydney Opera House one year later. She is a veteran competitor at the Lismore Eisteddfod, where she won numerous singing prizes.
This year for the first time the Lismore Christmas Carnival and the SCU Carols by Candlelight will be held on separate days.
The Christmas Carnival will take place in Carrington and Magellan Streets between 10am and 2 pm today and will include an appearance by Big Dog, kids’ rides, face painting, Christmas music and a midday appearance by Santa.
This area will be closed to traffic between 6 am and 4 pm today.
On Sunday evening the magical Carols by Candlelight will take place at Riverside Park, below the Ballina Road bridge, between 6pm and 9pm.
Country singer Melinda Schneider is this year’s special guest and will open and close the festivities before a spectacular fireworks display at 8.45 pm.
The evening will also feature school choirs, community carol singing and a host of local musicians and singers.
Glo sticks will be on sale with all proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The Trinity ensemble will sing three Christmas songs, and will be accompanied on keyboard by their music teacher, Miss Lisa Pirlo.