York’s Annual Community Carol Concert was held at the Barbican on Sunday (December 17) to raise money for the Snappy Trust, a charity dedicated to helping children and young people with wide-ranging disabilities. The near-capacity audience at York Barbican put their Christmas shopping on hold for the concert.
Welcomed by the Shepherd Group Youth Band playing Christmas favorites as they entered the auditorium, York Stage School opened the concert with the traditional Once in Royal David’s City. Music director Mike Pratt conducted the community carols, along with Track 29 Ladies Close Harmony Chorus and the Badger Hill Primary School Choir performing old and new festive classics.
Steve Cassidy performed a Christmas medley with the joint choirs, and the audience as snow fell onto the Barbican stage. Over 40 children came on stage to sing Jingle Bells and received a small present from Father Christmas.
Joint hosts, Adam Tomlinson and Rev Andrew Foster, co-ordinated the program, which included a moving tribute to former president and musical director John Warburton, who died earlier this year.
A spokesperson for the carol concert said it was a “wonderful afternoon” and thanked everyone for their support on the day. The funds raised from the event will be shared equally between the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York’s Christmas Cheer Fund and the Snappy Trust.
From 1986 The Press decided to choose a different charity to benefit each year from the festive concert. Since then, numerous local charities have received thousands of pounds in donations. The concert was held following the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York’s Christmas Cheer Receptions on Tuesday, December 5, at the Assembly Rooms, in Blake Street.
As The Press reported, hundreds of the city’s older residents attended the event to spread Christmas cheer. They were the first receptions to be held for three years, with Covid preventing previous events from going ahead.