We started on 6th December with a double bill of carolling. We froze our socks off and raised £48.04 for last year’s adopted charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, singing at Tudor Square outside the Winter Gardens. Our contribution was then doubled through the Big Give scheme meaning we could give a total of £96.08 to MDC!
We then headed off to the International College to be joined by more members for our annual carolling session there, raising money for our adopted charity, the Lary Project, a fantastic one of a kind charity supporting people with throat (larynx) problems. The turn out was great from both SingSoc-ers (totalling about 30 people!) and also the students and staff of the college. Even Father Christmas made an appearance during our rendition of Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer! Our Christmas season this year has had an International Twist and so we thought it was appropriate to sing some of our special international carols at the college! We sang a Normandy version of Away in a Manger (much prettier than the commonly known version), Stille Nacht and Zither Carol, which is written to a Czech folk tune, as well as all our carolling classics.
In addition to carolling, last week saw our two Christmas Jumper Fundraisers, one for Small Groups and the other for Main Chorus, also supporting the Lary Project. Our members arrived in a range of jumpers, some lovely, some tasteless and three notably with flashing lights! We had a Father Christmas, a number of reindeer, and Matt Pringle deserves a special mention for weaving his beard with multicoloured fairy lights! Our festive dress certainly added to the atmosphere when we headed over to Bar One during the Small Groups rehearsals to sing at the Union Christmas Lights’ Switch On!
Friday 13th saw our Carols at Firth Hall concert featuring a selection of international Christmas music, favourite festive songs and classic congregational carols! The international songs, among others, included music from France, China, Nigeria, New Zealand and Poland. In addition to carols we gave a rendition of Nkosi Sikeleli, the South African National Anthem. Our retiring collection also went towards the Lary Project as will what we raise as we sing for the reindeer at Interval this afternoon and during our pub carolling events this evening and on Thursday.
So far the Christmas season has been a fantastic success and we really hope it will continue for our final three events this week! Thank you very very much to all our wonderful members – we really couldn’t have done it without you!