Mike Wilcox, Gord Harris, Leigh Anderson and Bill Findlay sang at the Langley Christmas Bureau office on Thursday when they delivered the annual donation from the First Capital Chorus, which hosts a fundraising concert each year to benefit the bureau. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

VIDEO: Singers stop by with big bucks for Langley Christmas Bureau

First Capital Chorus has held Christmas bureau fundraising concerts for a quarter century.

Voices raised in song have raised a lot of money for local children.

The First Capital Chorus is a non-profit group whose members enjoy singing barbershop style music.

Their singing of Christmas songs over the past 25 or so years has meant six figures of funds for the Langley Christmas Bureau – the proceeds from the annual Christmas concert.

“I think we’re close to $125,000 after all that time,” said member Gord Harris. “I think we’ve done well. We’d like to do a lot better.”

The amount raised depends on the venue the chorus is able to book and the weather.

“Some year we’ve had snow and people stay away but please come on out,” he said.

This year the group will perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 20525 72nd Ave.

“We’ve been doing this for approximately 25 years, and we like to raise a lot of money for the Langley Christmas Bureau, and help all those children that need to have something good for Christmas,” Harris said.

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Four members of the chorus, who also sing together at the Syncromesh Quartet, stopped by the Langley Christmas Bureau on Thursday with the funds from last year’s concert.

“The concert this year, the money we raise, we put it in the bank. It collects interest all year and then we give a cheque again next year,” he explained.

Admission for the Dec. 14 concert is $20 for general tickets with seniors admitted for $15.

}This year we have The Langley Children’s Choir, First Capital Chorus and quartets, and two or three musical groups, as well,” Harris noted.

Advance tickets are available at Auld Phillips in downtown Langley City, Beach Basket Giftware in Walnut Grove, and Westland Insurance in Brookswood and Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

“Get out and get yourself a ticket or come on out. We’ll have them at the door for you,” Harris said.

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Leigh Anderson and Bill Findlay are members of Syncromesh, a quartet that is part of the First Capital Chorus. They sang for the volunteers and public at the Langley Christmas Bureau office on Dec. 6. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

Velma MacAllister, with the Langley Christmas Bureau, received a donation of $2,929.36 from the First Capital Chorus. The group was represented by Gord Harris, Leigh Anderson, Mike Wilcox and Bill Findlay. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

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