Candlelit Christmas Concert Brings International Friends Together Again
Did you miss our Candlelit Christmas Concert this year? Here’s a little snippet and there’s a link to the whole magical experience further below..!
Joanna Lumley OBE, Timothy West CBE, Lord Cope of Berkeley PC, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jiaxin Cheng and friends help spread Christmas cheer across the globe and raise vital funds for the forgotten children of Darfur.
After the success of last year, Kids for Kids took the magic online once again to share a celebratory mulled wine and mince pie live on Zoom with international friends and enjoy the beautiful Candlelit Christmas concert, filmed earlier this month in St Peter’s Church, London.
Patricia Parker OBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, was delighted to welcome supporters from all over the World including Malta, Norway, Albania, Australia, the USA and, of course, Sudan!
“It was such a treat to welcome our supporters and wonderful Patrons – many of them friends for of our 20 years – surrounded by flickering candles in their own homes, and to raise a glass with everyone across the globe” said Patricia.
The live concert, which once again was generously sponsored by Delamere Dairy, was a sell out long beforehand and voted the best ever. The choirs of Queen’s Gate School sang their hearts out, Thames Fanfare Brass serenaded everyone with wonderful Christmas music and Jiaxin Cheng had the audience spell-bound with her beautiful cello playing. There was fun and laughter during the readings from our Celebrity Patrons and Patricia Parker moved everyone to tears with her inspirational speech. (see link below)
“It is so wonderful to be able to share this magical evening again with our supporters from far and wide,” said Patricia, “and to celebrate 20 years of Kids for Kids together online. My grateful thanks go to Queen’s Gate School, Amy-Elizabeth Hinds, Mountain Video Productions and The Projectors who have enabled us to produce this online concert and to once again start Christmas beautifully with all our international friends.”
Patricia ended her moving Christmas Message this year:
“Twenty years of Kids for Kids. Twenty years of doing all we can to help children no one else is helping. It would be tragic if we stopped now, now when so many children are facing such appalling conditions. We MUST continue, we MUST do all we can, and yes, we MUST go on for another twenty years. We are needed.
The little 9 year old, who first inspired me, Ibrahim, is now 29. He told me last February, that his son is at our Kindergarten. He is not walking long hours for water. He is at school. He is healthy. He is happy. He will not become a refugee. To Ibrahim, and to me, it was a miracle our meeting in the desert 20 years ago. Let’s make more miracles happen.
Children need goats, so they have milk to drink. The land needs trees to grow green again. Those are what I hope Father Christmas will give me this year!
Happy Christmas everyone!”
Make a difference this Christmas! Donate Goats or Trees to Darfur and Gift a Certificate to a loved one – just click here to order.
Want to watch our wonderful Candlelit Christmas Concert once more? And for those of you who couldn’t join us, catch up on the magical evening in it’s entirety here.
With grateful thanks to Ros Kamaryc, Principal Queen’s Gate School, Amy-Elizabeth Hinds, Mountain Video Productions and The Projectors for filming and editing the beautiful recording for Kids for Kids, and to our wonderful sponsors DELAMERE DAIRY