Maureen Washington will be joining Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir for their holiday performances. Supplied photo by Dean Kalyan

Maureen Washington will be joining Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir for their holiday performances. Supplied photo by Dean Kalyan

Gospel choir brings ‘Good Tidings’ to the holiday season

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents two holiday shows Dec. 15 and 16

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir is ushering in the holiday season with a pair of Christmas concerts.

The 90-voice choir, directed by Langley’s Gail Suderman, hosts Good Tidings! Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.

The concert features many holiday hits, including Rejoice, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Someday at Christmas, Who Took The Merry out of Christmas? and Go Tell it on the Mountain.

Joining Good Noise for the first time this year is Canadian jazz singer Maureen Washington. The Prince George native is known for echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, and has been named ‘Best Jazz and Soul Artist’ by the Black Canadian Awards.

“Our audiences often tell us it just wouldn’t be the holidays without coming to a Good Noise Christmas concert,” said Suderman, who founded the choir 14 years ago.

“Each year the performances sell out — in fact, some patrons are so overjoyed by their experience at the first concert, they are compelled to buy a ticket for the next day. That’s the power of gospel music, and with Maureen Washington’s stunning jazz vocals added to our 90-voice choir, audiences are in for a wonderful treat this year.”

Accompanying Good Noise and Washington for this holiday event is a stellar band: Michael Kalanj (Hammond B3), Laurence Mollerup (bass), Elliot Polsky (drums), Ingrid Stitt (saxophones), and Suderman (piano).

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12. Purchase online at brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

For more on Good Noise, visit goodnoisevgc.com.