Report: NSPCC Carols

Tuesday evening saw us in twinkly Winchester for a Christmas concert, organised by the NSPCC, to mark the 30th anniversary of the charity Childline. Hosted by Childline Founder Dame Esther Rantzen, the concert was a mixture of Christmas music, Christmas readings, and some sobering but ultimately uplifting stories of people Childline has helped over the years.

Sansara sang a variety of Christmas pieces, from the gentle lullaby Balulalow by Associate Composer Oliver Tarney, to a tastefully raucous rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas which ended the concert. Other suitably festive musical offerings were made by BBC Young Chorister of the Year Angus Benton, and Malcom Archer on the organ.

We had a lovely time returning to a familiar place and singing for such an appreciative audience— and listening to Alastair Stewart OBE read an extract from Molesworth’s writings on Christmas was a particular highlight. We’re so glad to have contributed to such an important event, and wish the NSPCC and Childline continued success in the future.

- Caroline Halls, soprano