The York Uniting Church was filled to capacity for this year’s Christmas musical on Sunday, December 14.

A second performance on the Monday attracted an audience of about 70 people. People came from as far away as Pingelly and Perth to attend the performances of the musical, More than a Manger, by Russell Mauldin.

The 27 member choir brought together people from York, Northam, Baker's Hill and Greenhills under conductor, Margaret Hewitt. The pianist was Tess Earnshaw and narrator, Julian Krieg. The choir had been practising once a week on a Wednesday since the beginning of August.

Everyone  thoroughly enjoyed the cantata, Margaret said. “A lot of the audience come back every year because they enjoy it so much.  “Several people attending for the first time said they had heard how great it was and decided to come and experience it for themselves,” she said.

Even 42 degree heat was no deterrent. People who had intended to come but couldn't make it for other reasons had sent their best wishes. After each performance people had commented on the lovely message the cantata gave and how it really made their Christmas season, Margaret said.

The choir and audience were looking forward to next year's musical. “Members of the choir miss the companionship and can't wait to get back together,” she said.

Donations made at the two performances raised $340 and will benefit cancer research.

Lindsay McNeill

 ABOVE: The choir during a performance of this year’s Christmas musical in the Uniting Church.