One the best parts of my Christmas this year was my Christmas concert with the New West Symphony and Chorus, "Ring the Bells.
Can I just state how much I love to play the violin? And how much I love to play with this group. It is so refreshing. I keep thinking about it and how those of us in this group have two things in common: We love music and we love Jesus. Guys, the combination of this two things is *amazing*. The joy and emotion that flows from it is so uplifting. Even rehearsal is joy to go to.
"Ring the Bells" was amazing a magical! We'd been practicing these 19 songs for months and boy, were some of them hard! Olivia and I practiced for over 5 hours the weekend before the concert and much more could have been done.
I had lots of favourite moments but a few favourites were:
~Playing "Peace on Earth" (Casting Crowns version). The message of the song is amazing and the string part is out of this world.
~ The guys bursting out in Swahili in "Ring the Bells". They were amazing!
~ And playing "Emmanuel" and "Angels from the Realms". These songs made my heart soar!
Of course I don't really have any great pictures of it, but I snatched a couple of Katie's off FB.
The group (but not the orchestra).
Fantastic shot of my back. :)
Some of my lovely friends that came.