Christmas Concert in aid of Andover Crisis Centre


The Harmonium Singers are back this Christmas

After an enforced break last year the popular Christmas carol concert from The Harmonium Singers is back in style, as the choir not only celebrates a return to singing but also its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1971 to sing carols in the streets of Andover with an antique portable harmonium, the choir has developed over the years into a full chamber choir, often giving concerts in St Mary’s Church in Andover. This year’s Christmas concert, entitled In the bleak midwinter, is once again set to raise the roof at St Mary’s and the much-anticipated event is always an attractive mix of old and new carol arrangements, along with traditional favourites for all to sing.
This year sees the choir’s new musical director, Andrew Wyndham, take centre stage as Bruce Randall becomes Chair after leading the group for many years. For those with concerns about Covid, Bruce has reassurance: ‘We are very conscious that some people may still feel nervous about attending a live concert, but we will take extra steps with social distancing to keep everyone safe. To that end we are asking people to book their tickets in advance so that we can arrange group seating as required, avoiding queues and congested areas. Also there will be no interval, but the new individual seats in St Mary’s are very comfortable and more spaced-out following the major re-ordering of the church in recent months.’
Tickets are £10 from The Lights, Newbury Building Society and choir members, with no charge for under-14s. Proceeds will go to Andover Crisis & Support Centre, which provides help and support for women, men and children who have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. The concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Andover on Saturday 18 December at the earlier-than-usual time of 7.00 pm.

Further information:
Veronica Bacon
01264 771285

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