15th December 2011
The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks
Over 500 people attended the Carols for CRY concert in the beautiful Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks on the evening of December 15 for a fundraising carol service very kindly organised for CRY by Pippa Miller.
The evening opened with music from the Band of the Irish Guards, directed by Major Wayne Hopla, and after the first carol the Reverend Clinton Langston CF welcomed the congregation.
In amongst hymns, such as ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, were several readings by CRY Patrons Simon Halliday, Phil Packer, Nick Easter, Bill Neely, CRY Chairman Hugh Mulcahey and Angus Fraser. The Choir of the Guards’ Chapel provided further music, under the direction of Tim Horton, including 3 pieces from the work of composer Cecilia McDowall.
Solo performances were also provided by CRY Patron Pixie Lott singing ‘Silent Night’ accompanied by her guitarist Ben Jones and CRY Patron Kathryn Harries singing ‘Rejoice Greatly’ (from Handel’s Messiah).
After the concert finished, guests were invited to the marquee for refreshments where Pixie performed a medley of songs with Ben.
Corporate sponsors for the carol service were: AXA Framlington, Calor and ICAP.
Carols for CRY by kind permission of Major General George Norton CBE
The Major General Commanding the Household Division
The Band of the Irish Guards was under the direction of Major Wayne Hopla
The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel was under the direction of Tim Horton
The organ was played by Martin Hogben
The Choir of the Guards’ Chapel
Soprano: Miriam Allen, Belinda Evans, Jenni Harper, Natalie Newbold
Alto: Polly Jeffries, Anne Jones, Joya Logan
Tenor: Edward Lyon, Tom Roach, Adam Tunnicliffe
Bass: David Beavan, Richard Collier, Julian Perkins
Acknowledging, with very grateful thanks, all those who have given assistance to support this festive carol concert, including all who have kindly given donations, performed, participated and attended.
Special thanks for help and support to:
Pippa Miller, Major General George Norton CBE, Lt Col Tim Jalland, Capt Howard Cordle, CSM Bearder, Ushers from Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards, SSgt Webber, Security from Military Provost Guard Service, The Reverend Clinton Langston CF, Fred Barrett (Chapel Keeper), Lesley Manchester, Andrew Wallis, The Guards’ Museum Staff, Tim Horton, The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel, Major Wayne Hopla, The Band of the Irish Guards, Kathryn Harries, Pixie Lott, Simon Halliday, Phil Packer MBE, Angus Fraser, Nick Easter, Bill Neely, Cecilia McDowall, AXA Framlinton, ICAP, Kitty Parry & Templars, Pete Taylor and Taylerreid Design, Alan Trewhitt & AT Sound, John Kingston & Harlequins Rugby Club, IMG, Joan Mallett, Gillie Stevenson-Smith, Samantha Norman, Jane WIllis, Beatrice Doyle, CRY volunteers Josephine Pickard and Koula Louka.