The Ripon Carol Concert, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, is yet again proving to be enormously popular with nearly 70% of tickets being sold within 24 hours of going on sale. The annual concert, which is open to the general public, is renowned for its high quality music provided by the Aysgarth School choirs and an impressive list of speakers. This year Queen Mary’s School musicians will also be supporting the concert.
Last year’s concert raised a staggering £32,000 that Macmillian then uses to directly benefit those in the region that are affected by cancer. This brings the total money raised from the last six concerts to over £150,000. It is Macmillan’s biggest regional fundraiser.
This year the concert will be held on Thursday 10th December and members of the public are asked to arrive for 7pm so that the concert can begin at 7.30pm. Tickets for the concert are currently on sale with prices ranging from £10 to £30. Tickets can be bought online (www.riponcarolconcert.co.uk) or from the Cathedral shop. Cost of the ticket includes a glass of sloe gin and mince pie following the performance.
This year’s impressive list of speakers include: Julian Norton, star of Channel 5’s Yorkshire Vet; Christine Talbot, British television journalist and presenter currently working for ITV Yorkshire; Mr Peter Scrope, The Vice Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire; and, Claire Singlehurst, Director of Regional Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Rob Morse, Headmaster at Aysgarth School, said:
“It is an absolute honour to continue to be asked to perform in such a prestigious setting and support such a very worthwhile cause that sadly touches so many lives. The Carol Concert is one of the major highlights of the year for the school with over half of our pupils making up the three choirs that will be performing. The boys have been rehearsing six days a week since September and our Director of Music started preparations as early as May this year!”
Carole Cameron, Headmistress at Queen Mary’s School said:
“Following our long association with Aysgarth School, Queen Mary’s is delighted to have the opportunity to lend our support to such a wonderful cause. Our inspirational music department will showcase the talents of a number of music scholars who are excited about performing at this heart-warming occasion. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”
Clara White, Area Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We are so grateful for the support of everyone involved in this tremendous event. We are so thankful to have such a well established and successful concert in this area because the funds raised really do make a massive difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer. Without events like this, we simply wouldn’t be able to support the growing number of people that need our help. ”