Members of the First Baptist Girls’ Choir in Truro rehearse an acapella song prior to their upcoming fundraising gala. The gala will help fund a week-long tour of Newfoundland, as the choir participates in the Gros Morne Festival. Raissa Tetanish – Hub Now

TRURO – It’s soon off to The Rock for a local girls’ choir.

The First Baptist Girls’ Choir, under the direction of Bette Pring, is embarking on its first tour of Newfoundland this summer, spending a week in Gros Morne, leaving June 29.

“We’ve never been there,” said Pring, about why they wanted to travel to the province. “We’ll be joining the choir there, and we’re also considering some workshops.”

The choir started in 1983, with girls between grades six and 12 rehearsing out the church every Tuesday. Pring has been directing the group for the past six years.

“This is a really incredible group to work with,” said Lauren Farrell, 17, of Truro. “I really enjoy it.”

“I joined because I thought I’d like the music. I heard lots of awesome things about this choir,” added 11-year-old Holly Grace, of Valley.

The choir is recognized provincially and nationally, and to help get them to Newfoundland, the girls have been preparing for a gala fundraiser set for March 25 at the Best Western Glengarry.

“It will be like a big concert,” said Rachel Pring, 17.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 6. There will be three-course meal, complete with singing between each course. A silent auction will have a number of donated items up for grabs. Downtown Truro bucks ($500) will be won in a blitz, with tickets for the blitz $20 each.

“We would love businesses to challenge businesses to be there,” said Pring.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight people. Tickets are available at MacQuarries Pharmasave.

The choir currently has 21 members, including six new this year, and all have a love of music. It’s what most are looking forward to when it comes to the tour – singing the music.

“Spending time with each other is a big plus. It’s always a big plus,” said Rachel Pring.

There will also be a bit of time for sightseeing during the week-long stay on the western coast of Newfoundland, but Pring didn’t want to divulge too much information in front of the members.

“We like to keep a few things secret about the tour, and even the gala,” she said, smiling.