Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr John Kaiser, joined pupils from 19 of the Borough’s schools for the annual Christmas carol concert on Sunday 9 December, held this year at Arborfield Green Leisure Centre.
Some 400 angelic voices performed festive songs and carols including ‘We Three Kings’ and ‘No Room at the Inn,’ accompanied by Berkshire Maestros - an independent charity offering musical opportunities to children and young people.
The Borough Mayor traditionally chooses a charity to benefit from fundraising during his or her time in office. This year all proceeds from the event are going to the Me2Club charity, which helps children and young people with additional needs and disabilities take part in mainstream activities and clubs. Some £3,500 has so far been raised for the charity from this year’s concert.
“It was a truly wonderful - dazzling,” said Cllr John Kaiser. “I’d like to thank all the children, their families and teachers, for their efforts this year.
“I’d also like to thank the Berkshire Maestros Orchestra, for its continued support and outstanding musical performance. Lastly, I’d like to thank all the guests for their generosity. The Me2Club charity is very close to my heart and I’m thrilled for it to be able to benefit from the concert.”
The annual carol concert is usually held at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre but as this is currently being refurbished, Arborfield Green Leisure Centre was chosen as a stand-in. It is smaller than Loddon so the event was split into two performances on the day.
The schools taking part in the concert were: All Saints Primary, Earley St Peters, Emmbrook Junior, Farley Hill Primary, Finchampstead Primary, Grazeley Primary, Hatch Ride Primary, Hawkedon Primary, Hawthorns Primary, Highwood Primary, Lambs Lane Primary, Loddon Primary, Nine Mile Ride Primary, Polehampton Junior Primary, Shinfield St Mary’s Primary, St Dominic Savio, The Colleton Primary, Whiteknights Primary and Winnersh Primary.