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 Angela Rippon and Joanna Gosling.
The concert, held each year as a fundraiser for Carers Trust’s work to support unpaid carers, was staged among the beautiful surroundings of St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, central London.
Greg Wise, Angela Rippon and Joanna Gosling entertained concert guests with Christmas-themed readings, each delivered with a healthy dollop of seasonal sparkle. Greg read from Dylan Thomas’s classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales; Angela held everyone in thrall as she read from Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St Nicholas; and Joanna delighted everyone with a Christmas scene taken from Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women.
They were joined this year by young adult carer, Elena Vissani, who provided a stirring and heartfelt closing appeal.
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 City of London Choir, singing under the expert baton of Hilary Davan Wetton.
Adding a further sprinkling of Christmas glitter, the choir was joined by the award-winning classical soprano, Margaret Keys, and organist, James Orford.
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, James Orford and Margaret Keys and the event committee.