Over £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.
Janet 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.
“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.
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