You are invited! Holiday Choir: Pick up and Rehearsal Choirs

This Holiday Season our Holiday Choirs return, and you are invited!

Join WCCMA’s Community Pick Up Choir for a fun evening of singing at the Park Lighting at Broad Street Park held by Claremont Parks and Recreation on November 23rd. We’ll sing a variety of favorite holiday and Christmas music, just join us for one rehearsal on Nov 20 at 6:15 PM at Union Church Parish Hall (upstairs), 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. All ages are welcome!

Following the park lighting we’ll have rehearsals for a our  holiday concert choir. This choir will carol at a local business, perform special music in our festive “Sing! A Joyful Christmas” extravaganza, and sing in special music at the traditional community Candlelight Christmas Eve (Dec 24, 7pm) and Lessons and Carols (Dec 30, 10am) services at Union Church. The choir plays a very special role in each of these programs, including singing O Holy Night with soloist by candlelight. There are some attendance requirements for this choir, and rehearsal is projected to be held on Thursday evenings, so please be willing to attend most rehearsals (4) and performances (4). There will be a place in these programs for youth through advanced singers.

If you would like to join either choir please contact and indicate the choir(s) you are interested in participating with, and your singing level (all levels welcome).

Saturday! HopStop FREE Family Show: Jeh Kulu African Drum and Dance Theater

HopStop: Jeh Kulu African Drum and Dance Theater

October 20, 2018 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at CSB Community Center

Celebrate traditional West African music and dance with this incredibly talented group from Burlington, Vermont. In the Bambara language of Mali, “Jeh Kulu” means “community,” and that is exactly what this high energy group brings to all their performances. Jump, clap and bounce along to the driving rhythms. Programmed in conjunction with Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania, performing at the Hop on Nov 7. Free, no ticket required!

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Also – SAVE THE DATE: Fall Food Festival

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church Parish Hall

The 1st Annual Fall Food Festival will feature local vendors with delicious homemade and locally made foods for purchase. We expect everything from breads and cookies to jams and other edible masterpieces. This event will be an opportunity to experience great locally made foods. Want to become a vendor? Visit Vendors of homemade foods are invited to submit an application by contacting

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Friday: Globally Inspired Music / Cultivate Your Creative Inner Musician

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio: Effortlessly Blending Classical, World, and Jazz

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Episcopal Church

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit

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Workshop: The Bach Tree – Cultivating Creative and Collaborative Musicians

October 12 – 14, 2018 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

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Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. This program is for the spectrum of musicians: students of intermediate ability (middle school music education),

In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants. This program will combine group and one-on-one learning tailored to the individual’s goals and interests including styles of improvisation, composition, and performance techniques. Participants will work on elements of their project in-between meeting times, and the program will culminate in a showcase presenting work created in this weekend workshop. Questions? contact Times for this workshop will be set based on participant groups, and generally consist of 2-3 hours per day for each group.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Registration is via the Bach Tree page

Rhythm Workshop: Held at 1:30 on Saturday Oct 13th

 This is open to musicians of any level (ages 10 and up), and is an off the page exploration of types of complex rhythm; great for young musicians! You can also register for this workshop separately via the Bach Tree page.

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