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halow young people shine at Christmas Gala Concert

Hannah Adair
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    On Friday 4th December 2015, The Seaford College Chapel Choir took to the stage in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, Guildford for the halow project’s annual Christmas Gala Concert. This fabulous concert is the second given by the very talented youth choir raising funds for the charity which supports young people with a learning disability. Sponsored by local accountants Wilkins Kennedy, the event saw a wide a range of contemporary and classic choral pieces with duets and solos from the likes of Holly Graham, the young soprano who has previously sung with Gary Barlow and more recently Jonathon Antoine.

    The 150 plus guests kicked off the festive season with mulled wine and a mince pie before hearing the choir’s repertoire for the evening. After the interval the choir was joined by halow young people who attend the halow Music Group who sang out some Christmas favourites. It was the groups first performance and we don't think it will be their last, after they overcame the initial nerves the group clearly loved the opportunity to perform. Jason Butcher halow's Social Activities Co-Ordinator said "It was fantastic to see our young people really getting involved in their performance, given it was our first there was a certain amount of apprehension but I think singing alongside Seaford gave our young people the courage and determination to really perform."

    We were joined on the evening by our local MP Anne Milton, who has supported the charity right from the beginning, she took the time to speak to young people and their families ahead of the concert. Anne Milton MP commented, “I am delighted that so many local people decided to start their Christmas festivities with the halow Gala concert. I have known halow since the early days and it is a wonderful thing to be singing in Christmas with the wider halow family, friends and supporters.”

    Damon Hill OBE, Patron of halow project was also in attendance and commented, “A fantastic evening! Great to see so many of our young people joining in the festivities and giving such a confident performance and what a great opportunity to sing with the Seaford College Choir. Thank you to everyone involved for their support.”

    The concert supported by local Guildford Accountants Wilkins Kennedy whose generous sponsorship allowed 100% of the proceeds from the evening to go directly to halow services. The evening raised a fantastic £1500 to support young adults with a learning disability in Surrey. 

    Thank you to all who made the evening such a success!