We are delighted that 'A Celebration of Christmas' 2019 raised £53,500 for the work of the Stroke Association in Wiltshire.
Rachel Inglefield, chair of A Celebration of Christmas said:
“The incredible amount raised is down to the generosity of all those people who were involved in the evening - our talented performers who gave up their time and immense talents, our generous corporate supporters and individual patrons and all those 600 guests who braved the high winds and rains to attend the service.”
The inaugural Marlborough Christmas carol service took place on
19th December 2019 and was organised by a committee of volunteers.
Over 600 guests attended the service in the stunning Marlborough College Chapel to enjoy music from the internationally renowned classical singer Carly Paoli, soloist Tom Elwes from Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, the Marlborough Stroke Association Christmas Choir under the choirmaster Adam Meehan-Staines and the Pinewood School Chapel Choir under Director of Music Niki Bell.
The congregation listened to festive readings from Strictly Come Dancing star Viscountess Emma Weymouth and radio and television broadcaster Chris Tarrant, as well as adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, BBC Points West presenter Will Glennon and best-selling poet Charly Cox.
Author and former High Master of St Paul’s School and Manchester Grammar School Martin Stephen gave an incredibly moving address, along with Juliet Bouverie the Chief Executive of the charity.
Tickets to the event, sponsored by Cazenove Capital, sold out within 48 hours.
Over 50 organisations generously supported the event and due to their incredible generosity, every penny from ticket sales is going to help the charity's work in Wiltshire.
The committee would like to thank our Royal Patron, HRH the Duke of Kent KG.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT