The walls of Truro Cathedral will be filled with the magical sound of massed voices raised in song tonight in an evening hosted by Christian Aid South West.
The Big Christmas Sing, which begins at 7.30pm, is open to all and its aim is to bring hope and healing to some of the world's poorest communities. An evening of music and entertainment for all ages, it features St Gluvias Choir, Callington Gospel Choir and Cornwall Youth Choir as well as a special guest, Padre Pio, all the way from Angola.
Padre is the president of the Association for Building Communities (ACC), a Christian Aid partner and human rights group in Angola. ACC's work is based on "respect for the dignity and sanctity of the human being".
He will be delivering his own message of hope and encouraging everyone to sing to their heart's content. The performance is free and there will be a retiring collection for the work of Christian Aid.
Historic house hosts a Christmas choral concert
Exodus, a choral group directed by Michael Graham, with members drawn from the choir of Exeter Cathedral and other leading choirs in the area, will perform a spectacular Christmas concert on Friday, December 20, at Nichols Nymet House, near the historic market town of North Tawton in Devon.
They will be joined by Andrew Millington, the cathedral's director of music, and there will also be readings by Carol Hughes, widow of the poet Ted Hughes, who lives nearby. The venue is a Grade II-listed house close to Dartmoor.
There will be mince pies, mulled wine and a raffle, and the concert will support a local Devon charity. Tickets in advance are £15 from Paul and Muriel Goodman on 01837 82626 or email email@example.com.