Choir debuts new carol for cancer charity

A brand new carol written specially to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support will be sung in Sussex for the first time at East Grinstead Choral Society’s Family Festive Concert.

The carol - Gareth Treseder's The sleep of the Infant Jesus – was composed for Choirs Against Cancer, a Christmas project in which a brand new carol is made available to choirs to sing in support for Macmillan.

It is part of a musical mix of traditional and modern carols that the choir, under musical director Richard Jenkinson, will perform at the concert at Imberhorne Lower School on Saturday 8 December at 7pm.


These include Carols by Peter Skellern, and Follow That Star arranged by Peter Gritton, together with carols for choir and audience to sing together.The choir will be joined by St Mary’s C of E Primary School Choir conducted by Tanya Johnston.


East Grinstead Choral Society’s Chair, Gill Olliver, said: “We are thrilled to be singing The sleep of the Infant Jesus and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.“There will be a collection for Macmillan Cancer Support on the night and we’re sure that people will be very generous in their support for this amazing charity that helps so many people.

“Our Christmas concert is always a wonderful way to start the celebrations for the festive season and we very much look forward to it.”


Tickets for the concert cost £10 for adults and £5 for students and children aged over 5. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children is £22. They are available by calling 01342 328774, from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead, or from choir members.


East Grinstead Choral rehearses every Thursday evening during term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead, and new members would be made very welcome.


The Festive Family Concert is the culmination of a busy year for the choir, which has seen them taking part the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium; on stage at the hugely popular East Court Live; and hosting a visit by Coral Cypsella from East Grinstead’s Catalonian twin town Sant Feliu.