On Tuesday, 10 December 2013, the London Central Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Julian Bright) participated in the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s 14th annual Christmas Carol Concert. The star-studded event, held at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, raised £290,000 for the charity’s Look Inside Appeal, which aims to purchase advanced imaging equipment for the hospital.
Festive readings were given by special guests Alison Steadman, Simon Callow, Olivia Williams, Juno Temple, Sir John Standing, Simon Williams, Nanette Newman and Isaac Hempstead Wright. The enchanted evening, sponsored by travel experts Trailfinders, also included heart-warming readings by patients and staff from the world-renowned children’s hospital, alongside traditional carols and live performances from the Choristers of St. Thomas’s Battersea, the London Central Fellowship Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
The Fellowship Band provided a varied program of festive music which preceded the concert items. Offerings included The Shining Star (Peter Graham), Deck the Hall (Barrie Gott), The Everlasting Light (Martin Cordner) and Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén). Later, as guests processed to the the adjacent Berkeley Hotel for a post-concert reception, they were serenaded by an ensemble from the Fellowship Band, concluding with another spirited rendition of Christmas Joy.