Stars join Carers Trust for a special celebration of Christmas music and readings
Carers Trust was thrilled to be joined for its annual Christmas carol concert this evening by acclaimed actor Greg Wise, and much-loved broadcasters Gyles Brandreth and Angela Rippon.
The concert, held each year as a fundraiser for Carers Trust’s work to support unpaid family carers, was staged among the beautiful surroundings of St George’s Church in London’s Hanover Square.
Greg Wise and Gyles Brandreth delighted concert guests with Christmas-themed readings, both delivered with a wonderful dollop of seasonal frivolity. They were joined this year by Teniola Adeloye, a 17-year-old young carer from Orpington, who read A Christmas Message by the poet, Julie Herbert. Teniola cares for her young sister, Abigail, who has cerebral palsy.
No carol concert would be complete, of course, without some uplifting Christmas music. So it was wonderful to welcome back once more our great friends at the brilliant City of London Choir, singing under the expert baton of their charismatic director of music, Hilary Davan Wetton.
Adding a further sprinkling of Christmas glitter, the choir was joined by the award-winning classical soprano, Margaret Keys, and King’s College Cambridge chorister and organ scholar, Richard Gowers.
The money raised by the concert has never been more needed by unpaid carers who are struggling to meet soaring household bills. Unable to work because they need to stay at home to provide care, many unpaid carers simply cannot boost their earnings to meet the cost-of-living crisis. At the same time they need to keep the heating on and equipment running to keep their sick and disabled relatives warm and safe.
This evening’s concert was made possible thanks to the incredibly generous sponsorship of IDILIQ Hotels and Resorts. Carers Trust would like to offer its sincere thanks to IDILIQ Resorts and Hotels, as well as to this year’s star readers, The City of London Choir and Hilary Davan Wetton, Richard Gowers and Margaret Keys and the event committee.