Wokingham Schools’ Carol Concert just spectacularBy Julie Spencer
December 14, 2012
Carol concerts around the borough have been spreading Christmas cheer and raising cash for charity.
The voices of 350 children sang out at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, St Paul’s choir sang around the Christmas tree in Wokingham’s Market Place and All Saint’s Church choir led a service marking the start of advent.
More than £5,000 was raised for Wokingham’s Link visiting scheme at Wokingham Borough primary schools’ carol concert, featuring young musicians from Berkshire Maestros Corelli Orchestra.
Every seat was taken at the concert at the leisure centre in Lower Earley for this year’s concert in aid of the borough mayor Cllr Bob Wyatt’s chosen charity on Sunday.
Cllr Wyatt thanked the children and the orchestra, led by musical director James Baker, for their excellent performance and the 1,000 people in the audience for their support.
He said: “It was as spectacular as you would expect from any concert that has Wokingham schoolchildren in it.
“They always respond to our high expectations and as far as the orchestra goes, it was like listening to one of our great national orchestras.”
After the concert, Cllr Wyatt presented Sanjana Shyam-Prasad, of Aldryngton Primary School, with a framed copy of her picture after she won a competition to design the concert programme cover.
All Saint’s Church in Norreys Avenue flickered in the light of hundreds of candles as the choir led a service of music and readings to mark the start of Advent.
The service, on Sunday December 2, was suggested some years ago by Pam Gilbey after she attended a candle-lit service at Lichfield Cathedral and is now an annual event.
The retiring collection was in aid of the Church Mission Society. Shoppers in Wokingham town centre stopped to listen to carols in the Market Place sung by The Choir of St Paul’s Church.
Members of St Paul’s and St Nicholas’ Community Church handed out Christmas Services leaflets and mince pies during their performance on Saturday, December 8.