Sounds Familiar Community Choir started its Christmas celebrations with its ever
popular Christmas concert at Cranfield Church on 1st December. The audience was greeted
by a beautifully decorated church of snowflakes and delicate white lights. Many new
members experienced their first Christmas concert with Sounds Familiar and the audience
were introduced to new soloists and readers. The choir entertained with a varied
selection of Christmas songs including Jingle Bells set to the Nutcracker suite-
The choir hardly had time to catch their breath before they were carol singing at Xscape on 4th December and Tesco’s at Kingston on 11th and 18th December, where we were collecting for Sepsis UK, our Christmas charity for 2018. We were encouraged to here such comments as “Your singing made me so happy” “what a beautiful sound” and “it cheered me up”. £516 was raised at these 3 sessions and £800 in total, was raised for Sepsis Uk over the Xmas period. Sounds Familiar raised a grand total of over £2,000 in 2018 for charity.
The choir took part in the Cranfield Church Xmas Tree Festival, decorating the tree in origami cranes made by choir members, symbolising Peace. I decided this was not my forte! The Xmas tree was then donated to an appropriate local family.
On the 17th December, the choir were invited back to sing with the pupils at Cranfield Church of England Academy. Pupils from both sites filled the school hall and joined in with great gusto and such confidence, even singing along with Jean, our MD, in her solo of Silent Night! To hear the whole school sing Away in a Manger was so moving. We also introduced the pupils to Handel, with the Hallelujah Chorus, which they appeared to appreciate.
Our last appearance over the Xmas period was taking part in the Midnight Mass at
Cranfield Church, which proved to be an emotional service, as this was the Rev Hugh
Following the Christmas break, the choir will re-
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