On Thursday, 3 December, Linda Lascelles and the Afasic team were delighted to help friends, supporters and members get into the festive spirit with the biennial Afasic Christmas Concert. Held at St Andrew Holborn, it was a beautiful setting for a fantastic event.
Leading the evening were three young people who have benefited from the work of the organisation; Damian Quinn, Kelly White, and Justin Butcher – and what a brilliant job they did! Encouraging guests to ‘give it some welly’ after the first Carol, the hosts provided reason for laughter and applause throughout the night. Performances by everyone were fantastic and memorable, with one guest stating it was ‘the best concert Afasic has ever held’.
Guests were treated to very entertaining readings from both Sir Derek Jacobi and John Bercow, who were joined by two pupils from Moor House School, Beth Lush and Masie Gibbs who did a brilliant job with their readings.
Music for the evening was provided by the Concordia Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr Andrew Storey, and Robert Meadmore, who admirably dashed over from a previous engagement to join us and perform two wonderful songs, accompanied by his pianist Matthew Freeman. Of the evening, Robert stated, ‘I just want to thank Afasic for inviting me back for the second time to this beautiful church. It really is one of the best concerts!’
In addition to our speakers and readers, it was a pleasure to once again have the signing choir from St Mary’s School & College taking part, and our thanks to the organist for the evening Martin Noble.
We are very grateful to all at St Andrew for hosting our concert once more, our volunteers on the night and especially our photographer Greg Keeling. There were over 200 people at the event and everyone seemed to have a very enjoyable time.
Special thanks go to; Tesco Holborn Viaduct, Budgens Tyso Street, Pret Farringdon Road and Pret Holborn Viaduct who donated mince pies for the evening, which went down a treat!