Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs belt their hearts out for the holidays

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — On Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, a building echoes with the sound of two choirs. The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale dates back to the 1960s, while its sister, the Philadelphia Girls Choir, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

“Both choirs are rehearsing under the same roof, preparing for these big Christmas concerts to share with the Philadelphia community,” said Nathan Wadley, musical director of the Philadelphia Girls Choir.

The choirs rehearse throughout the year and look forward to seasonal performances. Some singers also accompany the Philly Pops and the Philadelphia Ballet. They even travel across the country or abroad to perform for audiences in Greece, China and other countries.

But the popular winter concerts have been cut back somewhat in recent years.

“We haven’t been able to do a really big Christmas concert since COVID,” said Laura Harmon, associate director of the Philadelphia Girls Choir. “It’s going to be our first really big one since that’s open to the public, which is very energetic and sharing a lot of music that they really love to sing.”

This holiday season, both choirs look forward to four landmark showcases that will take place over the coming weekend.

The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale Winter Concert will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. in Saint Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, NJ and on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church am Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Girls Choir’s “Sounds of the Season” will be held December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Investors Bank Performing Arts Center in Sewell, NJ and December 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia.

Boys Choir Artistic Director Jeffrey R. Smith is excited for their show to tour.

“I sang with the choir as a boy. I started when I was about eight,” he said. “But it’s really cool to see these guys going through the same things as me and to guide them through it.”

To find out more about the choirs and upcoming performances, visit their website.

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