MANCHESTER - The Maple Street School choristers and the adult Dorset Church Choir will combine to present the very beautiful and powerful song written by Kurt Bestor called "Prayer of the Children."

This lament of children has inspired worldwide acclaim as audiences around the globe have clearly heard its urgent plea which speaks of children everywhere: children who are ill, homeless, hungry, who are struggling or who have died. The song has been sung at several memorials, notably when children have been involved, such as school shootings, including Sandy Hook.

The combined choir of fifty singers will be conducted by Jane Wood, Music Director of the Dorset Church. The work will be presented as gathering music at the start of the Dorset Church (143 Church St. Dorset, off Route 30) service on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9:50 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

The second presentation will take place as part of a longer school concert to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Maple Street School. The Community is welcome.