Tickets are on sale for a Rutland carol concert which will be packed with celebrities and will support the work of the NSPCC.
Since its launch six years ago, the concert, organised by Rutland supporters of the NSPCC, has become the largest single fundraising event for the charity in the East Midlands.
This year’s concert take place at All Saints Parish Church in Oakham on Monday, December 3 and will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and the High Sheriff Bart Hellyer.
On arrival at the church, the audience will be 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 to listen to tales of Christmas from our finest literature, 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), Peter Wheeler (Leicester Tigers), Tim Hart (Hambleton Hall/Harts) and David Farrer, QC, accompanied by music from the Harborough Singers.
Last year’s concert raised £17,000 principally from local businesses through sponsorship or advertising, all of which benefited projects for abused children in the region, while raising the profile of the work of the NSPCC in Rutland.
This year’s concert is sponsored by Don Paddy’s Wine Bar in Uppingham.
Doors open at 6.45pm with guests asked to take their seats by 7.20pm.
Early application is advisable for the 400 tickets, which cost £12. They are available from Hirst & Hirst, Oakham on 01572 723800; Don Paddy’s Wine Bar, Uppingham on 01572 822255 and Margaret Wheeler on 01572 813626.