Joyful Ringers Bells Choir serenades church-goers SaturdayPOSTED: 12/30/11 11:57 AM
Airport welcomes young performers
St. Maarten – The Joyful Ringers Bells Choir, which is directed by principal of the St. Maarten Seventh Day Adventist School Merlese Lake, performed under the Christmas Tree at the Princess Juliana International Airport on December 22. The choir of 26 children, some as young as eight years old, has been ringing its bells at various occasions throughout the year and plan to close out the year of serenading visitors with their unique chimes, with a performance at the Ephesus Church in Belvedere on Saturday.
The performances at the airport began some 15 years ago after someone approached her and asked for students to serenade arriving passengers. Three years ago Lake asked the airport if the Bells Choir, which she’d been working with for more than five years, could also perform at the airport. The group rings a number of old hymns, as they plan to play for the senior citizens; ‘The Old Rugged Cross’; ‘Oh Sweet St. Martin Land’; and carols. Their continued existence is made possible through donations from parents, church member Cuthbert Chandler, and bus driver Joseph Harris – all of whom volunteer their time by accompanying the group to events.
The choir has performed at concerts, funerals and at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Lake plans to take the group out more in 2012 as their confidence continues to grow.