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The Rev Richard Coles, formerly of The Communards, will be giving a reading at the Rutland NSPCC Christmas Carol Concert at All Saints' Church in Oakham

Former Communards musician, The Rev Richard Coles, is just one of a group of celebrities giving readings at a charity concert.

The Rutland NSPCC Christmas Carol Concert is taking place at All Saints' Church in Oakham on Monday, December 2, starting at 7.30pm.

Also giving readings will be former Emmerdale actor, Christopher Villiers, Lars Tharp from Antiques Roadshow, gardening expert and television presenter Nigel Colborn, Ann Davies from East Midlands Today, Tim Hart, owner of Hambleton Bakery and David Farrer QC.

The Rev Richard Coles
The Rev Richard Coles

As well as the readings, The Rowell Camerata and Foresters Brass, will be leading the music.

A spokesman for Rutland NSPCC, said: "The 13 concerts so far have raised over £280,000 and benefited abused and neglected children.

"This magical evening has become a prestigious county occasion, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, and is always a sell-out.

"However, it could not take place without the support of so many local businesses through sponsorship, and advertising, as well as the support of many Rutlanders who turn out in their hundreds to attend.

"The concert is a real Rutland effort and has become the largest single fundraising event for the NSPCC in the Midlands Region."

Doors open at 6.45pm.

Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from James Sellicks in Oakham and Don Paddy's in Uppingham.

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