Station Singers raise £1,600 with Christmas Concert with Candlelight

The Station Singers raised more than £1,600 for two local charities at this year’s Christmas Concert with Candlelight.

Led by musical director, Carol Gedye, assistant Kay Bromhead and accompanist Brett Overin, the three community choirs joined to provide a joyous evening of Christmas music on December 9 at St Mary’s Church.

The music ranged from Christmas favourites, through new interpretations of familiar carols to complex pieces in close harmony.

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The Station Singers worked with two local charities this year : YMCA Richmond and The Jonas Centre, Redmire.

Annette Clark (YMCA) told the audience of the charity’s vital support for vulnerable young people in the Richmond area and of its many successes as a result of community support.

Simon Eastwood, from the Jonas Centre, explained how the centre in Wensleydale provides holiday accommodation for families and individuals in need of support due to illness, bereavement or long-term difficulties.

Mayor Stuart Parsons, accompanied by Lynne Glover, drew the raffle for three lucky prize winners.

The winning hampers were provided by the two charities, choir members and Fairtrade, Richmond.

After the concert, the choirs, invited guests and audience enjoyed Christmas refreshments together in St Mary’s Church.