Christmas concerts with David Roach set in Columbia, Swan Quarter and Plymouth

Published 7:14 am Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Concert pianist and recording artist David Roach, of Rutherfordton, will again be performing at three different venues in eastern North Carolina. These concerts have become a tradition since Roach’s first “Christmas in Hyde” concert in Swan Quarter in 2010.

These concerts are free and open to the public and are presented by Bryan Funeral Service as a Christmas gift to the communities they serve. Owned and operated by Edward Torres, Bryan Funeral Service currently has funeral homes in Columbia, Plymouth and Swan Quarter. A concert is scheduled for a different location in each town. All three concerts will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, December 3, the Hyde County concert will be held at the Swan Quartet Baptist Church, located at 336 Main Street in Swan Quarter.

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The following day, Friday, December 4, the Washington County concert will be held at the First Baptist Church, located at 309 Washington Street in Plymouth.

Tyrrell County’s concert will be held on Saturday, December 5 at the Columbia Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located at 602 Bridge Street in Columbia.

In compliance with CDC guidelines and the State of North Carolina, the use of face masks and social distancing will be encouraged at all three venues. For those unable to attend in person, the concert will be live-streamed on Bryan Funeral Service’s Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/BryanFuneralService at 7 p.m. on December 3, 2020.

Each of the concerts will feature holiday selections written by Roach and others that are special to him and his audience. All three concerts will end with audience participation in a selected traditional Christmas carol to get everyone in the holiday spirit with the true meaning of the season.

Roach is a Lamon Records (an indie label in Nashville, Tenn.) concert pianist recording artist, who at the young age of five surprised his parents when he began playing church songs without music. In short order, they decided it was time for lessons. He studied classical music and began developing his own style of Southern Gospel music. David has served at several local churches in his area and is now concentrating on teaching, composing and performing.

Many of his CDs will be available for sale following the evening’s performances. His latest endeavor was published in 2018 and is entitled “The Comfort of Music”. An accompanying small book conveys the story of how twenty-three hymns gave comfort to someone special and the set includes a CD with all of the selections on it. His “A Classical Christmas” CD – melodies of Christmas and classical music – will also be available.

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