Reddish carol concert to raise the roof for Francis House

An evening of festive music and celebration - A Christmas Story Service comes to St Elisabeth's Church on Dec 8, 2023.

Festive music and celebration

The choir of St Elisabeth’s Church will be performing at the Francis House ‘A Christmas Story Service’ event from 7.30pm on December 8 at St Elisabeth’s Church on St Elisabeth’s Way.

The choir, musicians and organist will be joined by Stockport Schools Brass Band, choral director, accompanist and singer David Cane, soprano Hayley Swanton and tenor Jake Horler-Newsham.

A selection of poems and readings will be read by invited guests including Diane Hawkins JP LLB – The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mary-Liz Walker JP DL – High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Councillor Graham Greenhalgh – Mayor of Stockport, Eamonn O’Neal – broadcaster and Francis House trustee, and Sir Warren Smith, KCVO KStJ JP a long-standing supporter of Francis House.

Organiser, Susie Poppitt of Francis House said: “We are promising to make the evening the perfect start to the Christmas season. St Elisabeth’s is such a beautiful setting, and we invite you to be part of this wonderful event and raise the roof singing a seasonal selection of well-known Christmas carols.”

The candlelit evening will feature Christmas music, carols, readings, and poems.

A choir stood in front of an altar in a church.

The choir of St Elisabeth’s Church will be performing at A Christmas Story Service on Dec 8.

Free entry

Entry to the concert will be free of charge, with the opportunity to donate on the night to support the vital work of Francis House, who provide care and support to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

David Ireland, chief executive officer of Francis House said: “We would like to invite everyone to come along to St Elisabeth’s, to light their own Christmas candle, join us in singing a selection of well-loved Christmas carols, and listen to music from a choir, soloists and musicians with a reputation for producing an exceptionally high standard of music.”

A celebratory commemorative brochure will be given to everyone in attendance. The evening will be rounded off with festive drinks and mince pies and the opportunity to purchase a new book about one of the country’s first children’s hospices. ‘A Worthwhile Error – The History of Francis House’ is written by freelance journalist Andy Buckley and priced at £19.95. All proceeds will be donated to the care of children, young people and their families.

St Elisabeth’s Church can be found on St Elisabeth’s Way, Reddish SK5 6BL.

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