Star Filled Candlelit Christmas Concert raised the roof!

The beautiful singing of the choirs of Queen’s Gate School echoed around St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square to a packed audience when the children sang their hearts out at the annual Kids for Kids’ Candlelit Christmas Concert, sponsored by Delamere Dairy, in support of children their own age living far away in Darfur, Sudan. “The perfect way to start Christmas” was the message from friends far and wide who filled the church to capacity. From the moment the trumpets of the Thames Fanfare Brass sounded and Kiana Mottahedan’s voice floated above them in the traditional opening to every Christmas Concert “Once in Royal David’s City”, the audience was mesmerised. The angelic voices of the children’s choir from Queen’s Gate School filled the church and touched the emotions of the entire audience.

“This is the most important event of our year” said Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids. “Supporters come from all over the country to support children out of sight, out of mind, and living lives we hardly dare to imagine.”  Please click here  to read Patricia’s Christmas message explaining why and how the gift of a goat has a major impact on the lives of families in Darfur who have so little.

The evening was hosted by ITV’s beautiful News Presenter, Julie Etchingham, who hosted the evening with eloquence and a clear passion for Kids for Kids. “Julie is a Patron of Kids for Kids not just in name but in the tremendous support she gives us. Her wicked wit captured us from the outset” said Patricia.  “We are incredibly lucky to have such friends.”

Celebrity Readers, Eamonn Holmes OBE, Lord Cope of Berkeley and Timothy West CBE, who are all Patrons gave a diverse range of Readings, some fun, some moving. Their talents and their time devoted to Kids for Kids is remarkable and they cannot be thanked enough.

Kids for Kids’ Candlelit Christmas Concert is also about the music. All join in with our best loved Carols, and the joint  from Queen’s Gate School performed music that uplifted and transported us. This year “Gloria” by Vivaldi and “When You Believe” by Schwartz were especially beautiful, sung by the Chamber Choir, conductor Susan Parkes. The most remarkable performance however was perhaps by little 9 year old Imogen Gray whose virtuoso performance of Haydn’s ‘Allegro Moderato’ had us spell bound. Imogen already has Grade 8 violin and piano! “Imogen is a little girl with a great future” said Patricia. “How exciting and special to share her first major London solo performance and how lovely that she should be 9 – the same age as the little boy whose walk for water inspired me to found Kids for Kids.”

A special moment too came later when Music Director, Egon Liepa, invited the celebrities to lead the singing in our Celebrity Choir. “It was particularly special having Prunella Scales with us” said Patricia “Prunella was a Reader for Kids for Kids for many years and is a great friend of the charity.”

Afterwards we had a chance to mingle enjoying mince pies and mulled wine, thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers lead by Kathy Lady Orde, whilst Roy Bilham, leader of Thames Fanfare Brass, played Christmas music to send us on our way.

If you would like to Donate a Goat you can do so online or by writing a cheque made out to Kids for Kids, PO Box 456 Dorking, RH4 2WS. You can also request a Gift Certificate for the Christmas Season or any Holiday and make your donation on behalf of a loved one!  Goats really do change lives.


Photographs and video below thanks to Antonia Pena and Sage Lancaster. Please visit us on Youtube for more videos from the concert!