Wednesday 26 December 2012

Red Balloon Christmas Carol Concert

On Tuesday 18th December 2012 I attended the Norwich Red Balloon Learner Centre Christmas Carol Concert at St. Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. The concert featured a number of traditional Christmas carols interspersed with readings from Norwich based poet Pete Goodrum, Ejike Ndaji of Overbury's Solicitors, local television personality Julie Reinger, Red Balloon founder and chief executive Dr. Carrie Herbert MBE and Norwich Red Balloon students.

The programme of Christmas carols consisted of Once in Royal David's City, O come all ye faithful, See amid the winter's snow, Away in a manger, While shepherd's watched, Unto us is born a son, Silent night, In the bleak mid winter, O little town of Bethlehem, Hark! the herald angels sing and Chorale Prelude In Dulce Jubilo Fantasia - Bach.

The ethos of Red Balloon is to provide a safe environment for young people who are not able to attend mainstream school as a result of the severe bullying they have experienced. This was a wonderful and moving concert at St. Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich with inspiring readings and splendid singing to mark the festive season. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground. The angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

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