As the nights draw in, Sing Healthy community choirs in Bracknell and Wokingham are already well into their Christmas rehearsals.
It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the singers, who get asked to perform at many events, from local carolling to established festival days at Windsor Castle.
Of all their festive events, the one that perhaps best demonstrates the inclusive spirit of the organisation is the annual Christmas Concert, held at St Crispin’s, Wokingham.
Every year, the combined forces of the choirs come together with regular collaborators Ascot Brass, where they are joined by the young singers of St Michael’s Easthampstead School Choir and the enthusiastic members of the Sing Healthy CLASP choir.
The choirs raise money for local causes throughout the year, donating nearly £600 to their nominated Christmas charity Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue in 2018. The choir members take a direct role in the selection of the charity they support. This year, the Christmas Concert will raise money for Crowthorne-based charity Sebastian’s Acton Trust, which supports families of seriously-ill children.
The concert, this year held on Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm, will include many winter classics.
As 2019 marks the bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s birth, the choirs have also taken the opportunity to explore some lesser-known works from the Victoria era.
Concertgoers can expect festive favourites, audience carols and dazzling brass.
Tickets will be available online at singhealthy.co.uk/tickets from November, and will also be available on the door.
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