The musical celebration is one of the most popular events in our calendar, offering traditional Christmas carols and festive musical entertainment in a wonderful and moving setting.
This year’s event sees performances from the Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy and solo flautist, Clemency Rubinstein. There’s even the promise of a visit from Father Christmas and a seasonal snowstorm.
Known to the police
The Constabulary Band is a perennial favourite at the concert, having performed a number of times. The band was formed in March 1990 and comprises serving and retired members of the regular Force, police staff and members of their families, together with a handful of musicians best described as ‘known to the police’.
The band, under the baton of their Musical Director Chris Lawn, is firmly established on the county’s charity concert circuit. They have performed for many charities and support organisations and proceeds from concerts are in excess of £100,000.
Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy are also seasoned supporters of our concert. The Singing Club at Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy is a popular choice among students, with two groups – The Lunchtime Singers group for 8 to 11-year-olds, who will be singing at our concert, and the Singing Stars, who are aged 6 to 8-years-old.
Musical Director Zoe Powell said: “We are delighted to have been invited back to sing for Meningitis Now at Gloucester Cathedral, and hope you enjoy listening to us as much as we enjoy singing to you.”
The woman with the golden flute
Finally, completing the line-up, is our very own Clemency Rubinstein. Clemency joined Meningitis Now earlier this year where she is pleased to be able to do something positive for those who have had their lives challenged so unexpectedly by meningitis. “I am delighted to have been invited to play at our Christmas Carol Concert and hope you enjoy the evening as much as I will.”
Having been inspired as a child by James Galway’s ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’, Clemency took up the flute and went on to study in London at Trinity College under James Dower where she attained her GTCL and LTCL. She teaches flute privately, and in February this year, set up a Community Flute Choir in Cirencester called Tutti Flutti.
She has also introduced thousands of Gloucestershire pre-school children to music through Music Monsters. She enjoys being a solo performer as well as playing with Capriol Chamber Orchestra and Stroud Symphony Orchestra. Last year she fulfilled one of her childhood dreams when she met James Galway!
Warm and inspiring occasion
Carrie Bater, our Community Fundraiser who is organising the event, said: “Our Christmas concert is a warm and inspiring occasion in a beautiful setting and a wonderful way to get into the mood for the festive season."
“Last year over 500 people enjoyed a special evening of Christmas carols, readings and songs performed by local primary schools and musical acts. We’d love to beat that this year – you don’t need to have had an experience of meningitis or be a supporter of the charity – everybody is welcome to come along.”
Christmas tree with white ribbons
The cathedral will also feature a Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of white ribbons, each one in remembrance of a loved one lost to meningitis.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are now on sale and cost £5 for side aisle seats and £10 in the nave with discounts for group tickets.
Tickets include entry to the concert, a programme and a seasonal mince pie. All proceeds from the concert help to fund preventative research, raise awareness and support those affected by the disease through Meningitis Now’s unique range of services.
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