I Cantori, the popular 24-voice choral ensemble, will perform their holiday favorite "A Merrie English Christmas" on Dec. 6 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island and again Dec. 9 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The holiday tradition is celebrating 23 years of performance this season, but founder and director Dr. Robert Harris said audiences won't hear a repeat performance.

"Every concert is different," Harris said. "It's an exciting mixture of something old and something new, with familiar carols and some nice things composed in England in the last 50 years."

Harris has a long background in music and conducting. He said he is originally from the West Coast and was an opera singer. He came to Armstrong State University 33 years ago and continues to serve as the director of choral activities and teaches upper-level music history and conducting.

Despite his paid position as a music instructor, Harris said I Cantori is an unpaid gig for everyone involved.

"For us, it's a labor of love," he said. "Our group is comprised of quality professionals ... who get a chance to do things musically challenging that perhaps they have or have not done before."

Harris said the audience can expect to hear an eclectic mix from British composers, with music from traditional hymns and carols from the late 1400s to familiar favorites like "Deck the Halls," "We Wish you a Merry Christmas," "What Child is This," "Wassail Song" and more.