Christmas sounded in London’s West End on the evening of Wednesday 7th December with a small ensemble of brass players from the band welcoming guests to Sarcoma UK’s Christmas carol concert held in St Giles in the Fields Church.
Sarcoma UK is a charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. It is also the charity that the band together with the Watkins family supports in memory of Derek Watkins.
We are very proud to have played our small part in helping to raise a staggering £4,000 for Sarcoma UK from the evenings festivities – thank you to everyone who continue to be so generous in their support of this much needed charity.
The band travelled together from Reading down the M4 motorway with a bit of ‘Christmas Joy’ with thanks to composer Erik Leidzén, followed by a performance of Andrew Blythe’s arrangement of ‘Troika’.
The evening was filled with more fabulous Christmas music from Enchorus, Victoria Joyce, Mark Llewelyn Evans and Bambang Atmaja ‘the singing Doctor’. Their performances were interspersed with familiar Christmas readings from Robert Powell, Louisa Lytton and Barbara Smith.
Of course, you cannot have a carol concert without any carols and as such, the band triumphantly led the congregation in singing ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’.
It is always a great privilege for the band to be invited to perform at this festive event, to help raise much needed money and awareness of sarcoma cancer.
For more information about the fantastic work of Sarcoma UK please visit their website at www.sarcoma.org.uk