After the resounding success of our inaugural Christmas Carol Service last year, the event returns again for 2017. We’ll be back at St Giles-in-the-Fields church – which proved to be the perfect venue – on Wednesday 13th December.
Further details on performers and readers will be announced over the course of the year and tickets will go on sale in the Autumn but for now please mark the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at what we hope will be an even bigger and better service than last year (although we hope that those of you that were with us last year will agree that we have set the bar quite high!)
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Nearly 300 guests joined us on Thursday 15th December 2016 for our inaugural Christmas Carol Service in the stunning surrounds of St Giles-in-the-Fields Church in the heart of London’s West End.
They were entertained by incredible performances from the London International Gospel Choir and classical singer Libby Berkieta, as well as readings from a host of special guests including Brian Blessed OBE and ‘The Crown’ actress Victoria Hamilton.
The evening concluded with a mulled wine and mince pie reception and the chance for us to meet and talk to both long-time friends and supporters of the charity and many new faces.
We are delighted to have raised around £8,000 from the evening, and we are very grateful to all those who helped make the occasion such a resounding success.
The church was full with nearly 300 friends and supporters of the charity.
The London International Gospel Choir entertained guests during and after the service.
We were joined by Brian Blessed OBE and star of ‘The Crown’ Victoria Hamilton. Victoria read an extract from ‘Cider with Rosie’ by Laurie Lee, and Brian delivered a reading of ‘A Visit from St Nicholas/Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clarke Moore in a way that only he could!
Classical singer Libby Berkieta wowed the congregation with performances of ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘To the Queen of Heaven’
Nicola Jackson read ‘The Christmas Tree’s Secret’, a poem commissioned by the Poetry Society for the lighting up ceremony of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square and composed by Julia Copus using words and ideas from primary school children from schools in the area.
Five traditional carols, including favourites such as ‘Hark the Herald’, gave the chance for guests to get in the festive spirit.
Guests enjoyed traditional mulled wine and mince pies after the service.
The Order of Service featured three rather smiley-faced children from our partner schools.
All photos credit Sean Weizenbichler (www.seanantonphotography.com)