Two very special Christmas events at Gt St Mary's Church

Carol Concert and Christmas Tree Festival for the homeless and the Arthur Rank Hospice

Carol Concert and Christmas Tree Festival for the homeless and the Arthur Rank Hospice

The Rotary Club of Cambridge is holding two very special Christmas events at Great St Mary's Church in the centre of Cambridge from  11 to 15 December.

These are in aid of the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project and the Arthur Rank Hospice.

We held a Carol Concert on the evening of the 11 December which was masterminded by a committee chaired by Rotarian John Barrett.

Around 600 people gathered in Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge for the Rotary Club of Cambridge Christmas Concert. Seven youth and school choirs sang a variety of Christmas music from traditional carols to contemporary Christmas songs with the audience joining in with the carols at the end of each half. The compere was Mandy Morton of Cambridge 105 Radio, the local community radio station which recorded the Concert for broadcast on Christmas Day. It is likely that over £3000 was raised for the two two local charities.

Our Christmas Tree Festival, planned to coincide with the Carol Concert, runs from 11 December through to 15 December which is being driven by Rotarians John Martin and Paul Henry.

John and Paul have organised this event in previous years for the Rotary Club of Cambridge and it is steadily gathering pace.

We attract more and more visitors to the display from all over the world. They love to look round, see the inside of Great St Mary's Church and admire the display of trees.

Those volunteers from our Club who man the display hear interesting stories from far and wide!   

Entrance is free and visitors are simply invited to make a donation in the buckets provided for the charities that we are suppoting.

He says “The staff at Great St Mary's are brilliant and as helpful as they can be!  I think we will break our record this year.”

This year seven school and youth choirs took part in the Carol Concert, singing a variety of Christmas music.

Each half of the concert concluded with carols for all the audience to join in.

Amongst other sponsors Millers Music provided an electronic keyboard.

The MC was Mandy Morton of 105 Radio, and the concert was recorded to be broadcast on Christmas Day. Click here for her preview of the event.

Rotarian John Barrett said  “ The vitality of the childrens' singing is always uplifting.  It is a great way to celebrate Christmas!”


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