Screen of children singing "Silent Night"“Jingle All the Way: a virtual holiday concert” will feature performances by children to spread some seasonal cheer.

Student mounts online children’s concert

Hope Forman wants to spread some cheer to Windsor-Essex — especially its seniors.

Hope FormanA teacher candidate in the Faculty of Education and music grad (BA 2019), she has devised a way for young artists to be able to connect with the community: a free children’s holiday concert available online starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

“Since children cannot perform in person at retirement and long term care homes this year, I am editing and producing a virtual performance, which will provide them with a wonderful way to reach out and share their inner sparkle with everyone in the community,” says Forman.

This virtual concert will feature beloved holiday classics performed by talented children ranging in age from 8 to 16. The singers hail from Leamington, Kingsville, Harrow, Windsor and one all the way from Alberta.

“This magical creation is intended to be a fun sing-a-long which will have everyone bursting out spontaneously in song,” says Forman.

A performer, choreographer, and instructor in musical theatre, she has been putting together virtual performances since the onset of the pandemic featuring the talents of children she has taught over the years.

“The children were super excited right from the start, finding their holiday spirit early in October when they began recording their performances from the safety of their homes,” Forman says.

“During these most challenging and potentially very lonely times, the arts prove to be more essential than ever. The children’s inner sparkle and holiday spirit will prove to be contagious, showing us all that we can shine through whatever challenges may lie ahead for us this holiday season, and always.”

Jingle All the Way: a virtual holiday concert is accessible through Facebook or YouTube.