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    PREPARATION: Musician Lisa Thomas takes the Horsham Carols By Candlelight male ensemble through rehearsals before Sunday’s showcase at Sawyer Park. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Lisa Thomas puts the Horsham Carols By Candlelight men's choir through rehearsals for the carols.
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    Lisa Thomas puts the Horsham Carols By Candlelight men's choir through rehearsals for the carols.

Horsham Carols By Candlelight showcasing festive spirit

The region’s musical performers are honing their acts ahead of Sunday’s Horsham Carols by Candlelight at Sawyer Park. 

Horsham Carols committee member Simon Dandy said the program featured regional talent, with early performances from 6pm including Holy Trinity Lutheran College’s choir, Horsham Rural City Band and Horsham School of Music choir. 

Mr Dandy said the main event would start when MIXX FM and 3WM began its simulcast at 7.30pm, with repeats of the evening to broadcast on 3WM during Christmas Day. 

“In the past, we’ve had individuals perform one song, backed by a choir,” he said. 

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“This year, there are more performances in groups. 

“We received feedback following last year’s carols that groups with three or four songs kept it flowing a bit better.” 

Mr Dandy said further information on the groups and individuals performing could be found on the Horsham Carols by Candlelight
Facebook page. 


“Hopefully it will be a wonderful night to get down there,” he said. 

“Every year we have ample food vendors, and people can bring their own food and supplies.

“The Lions club will be putting on a barbeque and the miniature train starts about 5.30pm, which will be good for people with young kids.”  Mr Dandy said the event would raise money for the Christian Emergency Food Centre, with people able to make donations via QR codes. 

“We wanted to encourage people to donate to a charity that would affect local people,” he said.

“Some people, who might even be at the carols, are reliant on the food centre’s services and we found it was the best way to give back to the community.” 

Mr Dandy said the free event could attract up to 5000 people, providing a family-friendly atmosphere and a high standard of singing from Wimmera performers. 

“Our motto is to ignite the Christmas spirit in the Wimmera,” he said.

“My family come from Geelong each year and they are always impressed with the standard and the atmosphere. 

“In their opinion, it eclipses Geelong’s carols. 

“We should all be pretty proud of it.” 

– Sean O’Connell

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