Adding festive spirit to fundraising, end-of-life support charity Marie Curie is holding a virtual evening of carol singing. Celebrity guests will join hundreds of viewers for the concert, Carols in the City, which will be live-streamed at 7pm on 8 December.
Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Clive Myrie, the event will include performances by chamber choir Canticum, interspersed with readings from television and theatre stars Martin Clunes OBE DL, Greg Wise, Ian McNeice, Sophie Thompson and Suzette Llewellyn.
The event is free to watch but viewers are invited to make a donation for their attendance, which will go to support Marie Curie Nurses.
“I have seen first-hand the incredible difference Marie Curie makes and just how important their work is in caring for people with a terminal illness, as well as those looking after them,” says actor and producer Greg Wise. “My sister, Clare, was cared for at one of the Marie Curie Hospices and I can’t thank them enough for the support both she and the rest of our family received.
“With more people living with a terminal illness, and more of us needing to care for them, Marie Curie’s support is ever more vitally important in helping with end of life care. That is why I’m supporting the charity.”
They hope the event will raise spirits and bring people together. Marie Curie’s Head of Special Events, Susan Boissier says: “Our supporters very much enjoy having a lovely evening singing their favourite carols.”
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Marie Curie’s annual Christmas carols went virtual last year due to the pandemic. They celebrated their last in-person concert in Southwark Cathedral, London, in 2019, when over 600 guests joined the charity for a celebrity-hosted evening of carols by candlelight, readings and music.
“Last year was very much a celebration of the end of quite a challenging year, as it will be again this year. So there will hopefully be a strong spirit of togetherness.”
She adds: “We ask that you consider making a donation in return for your ticket. Your support will help our Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes, making sure families can enjoy Christmas the way they want to – together.”
To join Marie Curie’s Christmas carol concert register at mariecuriecarols.com.
Donate to the charity here.