Holiday Concerts Concerts celebrate the season with music drawn from the classic French carol tradition

Pilgrim Festival Chorus 20th Anniversary Performance


Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community choral ensemble, presents its holiday season concert, “Joyeux Noël,” on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The chorus is led by Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.

“Joyeux Noël,” includes some of the great French music composed for Christmas, such as the Saint-Saens’s “Christmas Oratorio” (1858) and Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” (est. 1690). This charming piece incorporates ten traditional French noels (Christmas carols), capturing the joy and anticipation of Christmas eve.

In addition, PFC performs several French Christmas carols, including “Noël Nouvelet,” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella.” The concert concludes with John Rutter’s moving setting of the classic carol, “O Holy Night.”

Since 1999, PFC has provided South Shore audiences with classical choral music concerts. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents an annual “Messiah Sing” in December, a larger choral work in spring, and summer concerts featuring pops-style programming.