Christ­mas con­cert is high­light

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GET into the spirit of Christ­mas by join­ing the St Ann’s Hos­pice Fes­ti­val Choir at their Christ­mas Con­cert at The Bridge­wa­ter Hall on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8 (7.30 pm).

This ex­cit­ing night of car­ols and sea­sonal mu­sic in the com­pany of some of Manch­ester’s most tal­ented singers and mu­si­cians is a high­light of the fes­tive cal­en­dar.

Sing along to your favourite car­ols ac­com­pa­nied by the Corus Brass En­sem­ble and the Bow­don Prepara­tory School for Girl’s Cham­ber Choir, with pi­anist Christo­pher El­lis and or­gan­ist Elin Rees.

Con­duc­tor is mu­sic director John Pom­phrey and the evening is hosted by Corona­tion Street ac­tress Sue Ni­cholls.

Tick­ets at £22 (un­der 16s, £12) are avail­able from the Bridge­wa­ter Hall box of­fice 0161 907 9000 or www. bridge­wa­

Trans­port (£7 re­turn) leaves Stage­coach Park and Ride, Hazel Grove; St Ge­orge’s Church, Poyn­ton; St Michael’s Church, Bramhall; The Vil­lage Ho­tel, Chea­dle; United Re­formed Church, Heald Green and St Ann’s Hos­pice, Heald Green. To book trans­port call Harry Bull on 0161 430 7706.

The choir has raised £20,000 for St Ann’s in the last year, bring­ing to­tal dona­tions dur­ing its 26-year his­tory to al­most £750,000. A cheque was pre­sented to Mike Brown, in­terim chair of trustees at St Ann’s, at a Come and Sing Day to en­cour­age new mem­bers.

This ‘Voices for Hospices’ event raises funds and aware­ness of St Ann’s and is part of a global cel­e­bra­tion of World Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Care Day. That was launched through Songs of Praise, the first tele­vised per­for­mance at The Bridge­wa­ter Hall in 1996, the year the venue opened.

The St Ann’s choir took part that day and sev­eral founder mem­bers are still in­volved.

●●Per­form­ers at last year’s St Ann’s Christ­mas Con­cert

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