The Eagle-Tribune: Andover Choral Society unites Valley performers

By Madeline Hughes

Having remotely conducted choral rehearsals for much of the year because of the pandemic, the Andover Choral Society wanted to do something grand for their spring 2021 concert — hopefully their last fully remote one.

For their upcoming remote concert, they decided to invite 11 other Merrimack Valley performing arts groups including Spotlight Playhouse, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic and Lawrence Voices of Hope to join them.

Andover Choral Society rehearses via Zoom.

“Our tag line is ‘Bringing people together with music,’ and we’ve tried to do it virtually over the past year but we can’t wait to do it in person,” said Tom Connolly, president of the choir. 

The Andover group is performing multiple songs for their upcoming concert, and is including clips of previous concerts, Connolley said.

“During the pandemic, we have found ways to conduct virtual choir rehearsals, record concerts, and air them for the entertainment of the Merrimack Valley community,” said Mike Driscoll, the group’s music director. “It has been challenging, but fun and rewarding. It allows the (choral) community to stay in touch and sing together during these times.”

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