Special Christmas Concert at St Saviour’s

Christmas Concert at St Saviour's Nov 2015Over £1,000 was raised on Tuesday night at a wonderful Christmas Concert held at St Saviour’s in Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight.  Thank you SO MUCH to all the volunteers, musicians and singers who put so much of their time and energy into the evening.   What a fantastic amount of money you all raised for our Refugee Crisis Appeal!

The concert featured the Slipshod Singers, under musical director Dick Dawson and pianist John Denby, who performed a selection of carols and Christmas songs old and new including Christmas Lullaby and Do you hear what I hear?    They went on to lead the audience in a series of popular carols, supported by Chris MacKay at the organ.

Christmas Concert IOW 2015Janet Haire and Dorothy Green then sang a selection of Christmas songs, including Christmas Wishes and A Christmas Carol from the musical Scrooge.  Away in a Manger, delightfully sung to an unfamiliar tune, was a pleasant surprise and they stole the audience’s heart by asking them to join in with White Christmas.

The event was organised by Slipshod Singer Bob Godden with Alistair and Anne-Marie Drain.  As compère, Bob told some topical anecdotes and recited, very movingly, John Betjeman’s poem Christmas.

Christmas Concert at St Savoiur's 2015Alistair gave a short talk about CAFOD’s work saying,

“We’ve all been moved by the TV scenes of terrible deprivation suffered by Syrian refugees and peoples’ generosity tonight reflects their concern.  All funds raised will go to help reduce their suffering.”

After the Slipshod’s ringing final We Wish You a Merry Christmas the concert ended with the moving Let There Be Peace On Earth sung by the Slipshods, Janet and Dorothy and the whole audience.

Christmas Concert at St Saviour November 2015What a great night! Thank you so much everyone for all your support! Thank you too to Alistair and all the members of the CAFOD West Wight Committee at St Saviour’s for holding this fab event!

Find out more about the Refugee Crisis and CAFOD’s Refugee Crisis Appeal.

Watch our new film below featuring children, newly arrived in Lesbos, speaking about their journey.

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