The Afasic Christmas Concert 2017
Afasic held a very special biennial Christmas Concert on 7th December to celebrate the start of its 50th Anniversary year and to help friends, supporters and members get into the festive spirit early.
We were delighted that our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester was able to join us and although the three young adults leading the concert were extra nervous to be doing a ‘Royal Command Performance’ they did a brilliant job.
The very wonderful Sir Derek Jacobi entertained us with a reading of ‘A Politically Correct Christmas Story’ and two pupils from Moor House School & College, Freya Sharp and Oliver Bentley did a great job with their readings.
Music for the evening was provided by the Concordia Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr Andrew Storey, along with the brilliant Robert Meadmore, Elaine Delmar and their pianist Jamie Safir. Robert very kindly told the audience that in his opinion the Afasic concert really is the best Christmas concert in town!
We were also very pleased to once again have the signing choir from St Mary’s School & College taking part and they were great, as always! And our thanks also goes to the organist for the evening Martyn Noble.
The evening was led by three young people who have benefited from the work of Afasic, Damian Quinn, Kelly White, and Justin Butcher – and what a brilliant job they did! There was lots of laughter and applause throughout the night with tremendous performances by everyone involved.
We are very grateful to all at St Andrew for hosting our concert once more, all 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 Akira Financial for supporting the costs of the event; Bordeaux Index for donating the gifts for the main performers; and to Tesco Holborn Viaduct, Tesco St John Street, Co-Op in Brighton and Pret Farringdon Road for donating the mince pies for the evening, which went down a treat!