Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s NSPCC carol concert and the organisers are hoping to again raise thousands of pounds.
This year’s event is at All Saints’ Church in Oakham on Monday, December 2 .
Since its launch seven years ago, the concert has become so well–loved that, for many Rutlanders, it marks the real start to the festive season.
With Christmas bells ringing out over Rutland, the audience will be drawn immediately into the magical atmosphere of the evening as they are greeted with mulled wine and mince pies
To the festive sounds of carols from the highly acclaimed Foresters Brass they can then settle down amid the twinkling lights of Christmas trees and flickering candles in anticipation of being moved from laughter to tears, listening to wondrous tales of Christmas.
These will be recounted by talented readers including Lars Tharp (BBC Antiques Roadshow), Nigel Colborn (BBC Gardeners World/RHS judge), Rosemary Conley (diet and fitness expert), Anne Davies (BBC East Midlands Today presenter), Peter Wheeler (Leicester Tigers), Tim Hart (Hambleton Hall and Bakery) and David Farrer QC, accompanied by the Harborough Singers.
This prestigious event, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant Dr Laurence Howard and the High Sheriff Trish Ruddle, has become the largest single fundraising event for the NSPCC in the East Midlands.
More than £15,000 was raised from last year’s concert, all of which has benefited local projects for abused children and has helped raise the profile of the NSPCC’s work in Rutland.
Last week we wrongly reported that this year’s concert, which is sponsored by Don Paddy’s wine bar and restaurant in Uppingham, was already a sell-out.
In fact tickets, price £12, are available from The Baker’s Yard, 6 Church Street, Oakham on 01572 755484; Don Paddy’s Wine Bar, 8 Market Place, Uppingham on 01572 822255 or Margaret Wheeler on 01572 813626.
Mercury editor Eileen Green urged people to get their tickets as soon as possible.
“I sincerely apologise for our error last week,” she said.
“This event is hugely important in the Rutland calendar and is obviously in a very worthwhile cause.
“The NSPCC carries out vital work in protecting children and it would be wonderful to see last year’s total surpassed this year.”
Doors open for the concert at the church at 6.45pm on December 2 and guests are asked to be seated by 7.20pm.