Lewes Men's Chorus deserves praise

December 31, 2014

The Lewes Men’s Community Chorus and Tapsation Dancers presented their annual Christmas concert Dec. 20, at Bethel United Methodist Church.

Mr. Ken Stevens, choral director, and Mr. Fred Bunch, assistant choral director, led the group of 18 men singing delightful Christmas songs, accompanied by the exceptionally talented and highly regarded pianist, Layne Thompson-Payne. Twenty-Three pieces were performed, giving the appreciative audience a glimpse of years gone by and perhaps some happier times of yore.

The well decorated stage added to the enjoyment of the Tapsation dancers. Their three numbers along with costume changes delighted the audience.

A group of children ages 6-11 from Mispillion Children’s Chorus sang two numbers with the chorus and one alone which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Their founding directors, Layne Thompson-Payne and Sharon Sterling are helping give children the opportunity to explore the world of music.

The well loved and deeply missed founding musical director of the men’s chorus, Mr. Bill Earl was absent due to a lingering disability. Everyone is grateful for the twice a year concerts which he began many years ago. He will always be held in great esteem for his talent and generous contributions to the community.

The traditional “God Bless America” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” were sung by all to bring the concert to an end, and refreshments were served.

As always special thanks goes out to Bethel U.M. Church, musical director, Layne Thompson-Payne; Bill Earl, founding director; Chip Brittingham and Lewes Dairy, drinks and props; Spouses for refreshments; Norm MacTurk, sound production and stage design; Charlie Deal, posters and programs; and Hugh Councill, good will ambassador.

Irene Hazzard


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