Christmas concert is highlight
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. bridgewater-hall.co.uk.
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