The Rosetown Music Festival held their annual Community Christmas Concert this past Monday night, with a number of local performers.

Carmen Ledding has been involved with the Rosetown Music Festival since 2008. "It was a really great night. It's put on every year by the Rosetown Music Festival and we invite all of our choirs in the local community, as well as the Herschel and Fiske Choir. It's also an opportunity for those who won an anniversary trophy, the biggest trophy at festivals, those soloists perform as well."

The Rosetown Central High School took the stage first with their new Director, Chelsea Holt. The ensemble played three pieces for the crowd.

The Walter Aseltine Elementary School Choir also performed. Walter Aseltine was lead by Directors, Stacy Becker and Renee Torwalt-Lauren, and accompanied by AnnaMarie Cressman. Ledding said the choir has around 30 members, which is an impressive number for such a young group.

The other performances include the Herschel and Fiske Choir, the Rosetown United Church Choir, a Duet from the Rosetown Community Church and a Duet from the Alliance Church.

This years soloists included Annette Hunter and Johanna Wiebe. Hunter won the 'Most Promising Vocalist' at the 2018 Music Festival, while Wiebe won 'Most Promising Pianist' and 'Most Promising Instrumentalist.

Ledding said they also honored a big name in the local music scene during the night.

Eleanor Sparks, who has been involved with local music festivals for 52 years, was honored. Sparks has been involved as both a performer, teacher and parent of performers through her years. She was given a lifetime membership to the Festival Association as recognition for her years.

Herschel and FiskeThe Herschel and Fiske Choir at the Community Christmas Concert.

The Rosetown Music Festival is also coming up on a big milestone. Ledding said in 2019 they will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Festival in Rosetown, "It's a big deal for something like this to have been carried on for that long. The first Music Festival was held in Kerrobert and then it rotated around to Rosetown and Biggar."

Ledding shared a bit of history from the first music festival, "Mrs. Julia Graham was instrumental for the first Music Festival in 1929. We had a show of hands and there was a number of people who were taught either by Julia or the people just after her."

In honour of the upcoming 90th anniversary, the Music Festival is donating the proceeds from Monday's night concert to their host, the United Church.

OverviewThe Community Christmas Concert in Rosetown.

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