Candlelit Christmas concert

Best ever Candlelit Christmas Concert last year – The Photographs

Our Candlelit Christmas Concert has always been the highlight of the year, but this year it took our breath away.  The St Peter’s Eaton Square itself is always beautiful but this year was somehow extra special.

What we have achieved thanks to the wonderful support we have received is going to be extra special in Darfur too. We raised a spectacular £19,056 after all our expenses.    Thanks to the generous support of Delamere Dairy and our wonderful advertisers in our Concert Programme, which covered our costs, every penny raised in donations and on the night are going to help us make a real difference to the lives of countless children in Darfur.   It is not only that, our beautiful Candlelit Concert reminded people what Christmas is all about.  From the moment we walked into the church it was obvious it was going to be a special evening.   Thanks to Chrissie Patterson and her team of helpers, the church was transformed  – not easy to do – and, of course, our wonderful volunteers behind the scenes from Surrey not only welcomed us warmly but warmed us afterwards with delicious mulled wine!

Everyone who took part put their whole heart into everything – from the hilarious and touching reading by the lovely Joanna Lumley, who told us how beavers enjoy Christmas, and Timothy West‘s empathy with the dilemma of the shopping by the Three Kings, giving up because “Ah well, He was only a Kid!” – how wonderfully appropriate! – and then the soaring thrilling sound of the posthorns by Roy Bilham and his Quintet from Thames Fanfare Brass.  Surely that was enough for any concert, but no, we were treated to the most sensational performance by Margaret Keys.   Her next major performance is at Carnegie Hall in New York.   I think we caught her just in time! Holding it all together was the magnificent Egon Liepa whose choirs from Queen’s Gate School were so beautiful, singing their hearts out.  I’m sure they loved hearing their Headteacher, Ros Kamaryc,  reading of ‘The Friendly Beasts’.  The children of this wonderful school are very special.  Special thanks to our new Patron, Julie Etchingham, anchor at ITN, who lead us through the concert and encouraged everyone to Give a Goat This Christmas.

I feel so privileged that such talented people join us to help raise awareness – and much-needed funds – for our children in Darfur.      What an evening.

It was a very special concert – captured in these atmospheric photographs by Jonathan Timpson – Jonathan Timpson Photography – to whom a very big thank you.