As it was not possible for Family Carols 2020 to go ahead in the usual magical venue, a short 20-minute miniature version of the much-loved local festive occasion was created for members and audience to view online at their own convenience.
Released on our YouTube channel on 20th December, highlights included a special festive piano composition written and recorded by Music Director Ben Westerman for the last Zoom rehearsal of the year, and three favourite carols recorded by choir members in their own homes and accompanied on the organ by Alex Trigg, currently organ scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The three traditional Christmas lessons were read by Joanna Mace (Secretary, Tonbridge Phiharmonic Society), Stewart Rolls (Chair of Tonbridge Round Table) and Tom Tugendhat (MP for Tonbridge and Malling).
We are delighted to announce that the online celebration raised nearly £1000 for our two chosen charities, Reverse Rett and Community Storehouse. Nominated by Tonbridge Round Table, Reverse Rett funds research into Rett syndrome, a rare neurological condition. Chosen by Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Community Storehouse is a local foodbank based in Paddock Wood.
“A massive ‘thank you’ to you and all your members for the lovely Christmas food donations amounting to 15 kgs, which you brought to the foodbank. We had a very busy Christmas period, and despite the restrictions we’re all living under, we saw a record number of clients during December, giving out a massive 3 tons of food, as well as taking in food donations of 2.6 tons. Again, we’re continually being blessed by those in our local communities who are able to support us, and subsequently supporting those who need our assistance.” Gill Lloyd, Community Storehouse