Sing! brings some Christmas cheer to Cambridge

By Vicky Anning

Singing Christmas carols in unusual places seems to have become something of a tradition for Sing! Community Choir – and 2019 was no exception!

In December 2019, we outdid ourselves by regaling harassed-looking Christmas shoppers in John Lewis in Cambridge on one of the busiest shopping days of the year!

The choir at John Lewis

It was gratifying to see a small crowd of onlookers gather as 30 members of the choir squeezed together at the top of the first-floor escalator in our best Christmas jumpers to make way for bargain hunters.

We treated shoppers to renditions of some of our favourite Christmas carols and a selection of songs from our latest repertoire – including the anthemic Believer by Imagine Dragons, Shut Up and Dance and a rousing rendition (or two!) of our new favourite song by Pentatonix with the aptly name title Sing – complete with an awesome rap.

If you don’t know this joyful song, here’s a link to cheer you up – truly enough to bring a ray of California sunshine into the winter gloom!

What was even more gratifying still was that lots of shoppers were dropping coins into our collection buckets as they passed by – so we ended up raising a fantastic £455 for the homeless charity Wintercomfort. And John Lewis helped to top up the total raised to £600. A fantastic achievement all round!

We also donned our Christmas hats and jumpers for a mini concert at the Mill Road Winter Fair in early December. Big thanks to St Philip’s Church for hosting us and to everyone who came along to support us – and to everyone who joined in with the singing too. You sounded great!

Mill Road Winter Fair has become a regular fixture for Sing! Community Choir and is a fantastic celebration of the fabulous community that makes up Mill Road – the neighbourhood where we rehearse every Thursday evening.

Mill Road Winter Fair is usually the warm up for our big Christmas concert. But this year, we decided to do things a bit differently and are holding our winter concert on Saturday, 8 February 2020 instead.

So if you missed us at Mill Road Winter Fair or at John Lewis, please do come along to St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church (43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR) at 7:30pm. Tickets are £5/£7 (under 10s free) and all profits made are going to Blue Smile, which supports the mental well-being of pupils using arts-based therapy.

Our concert is called Come on, Sing! So do come along. We promise we won’t make you sing (too much) – but we’ll love singing for you!