Over 400 schoolchildren will be raising the roof at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley at the annual Wokingham Borough primary schools’ carol concert on Sunday December 8.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark will host the evening and all proceeds from the sale of programmes will go to her chosen charity, Building For The Future. The charity aims to raise the profile of disabled children in the community as well as offer a purpose-built community centre, with a sensory room and areas for younger children as well as teenagers, where disabled children and their families can meet. The charity has recently acquired premises in Toutley Road, Wokingham and is aiming to open it in spring.
Some 25 local schools will form the choir and have spent many hours over the past few weeks rehearsing for the annual event. The schools involved are: Aldryngton Primary School, All Saints CE Primary School, Colleton Primary School, Crazies Hill CE Primary School, Earley St Peters CE Aided Primary School, Farley Hill Primary School, Finchampstead Primary School, Grazeley Parochial CE Aided Primary School, The Hawthorns Primary School, Hillside Primary School, Keep Hatch Primary School, Lambs Lane Primary School, Loddon Primary School, Polehampton CE Junior School, Radstock Primary School, Rivermead Primary School, Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School, St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, St Paul’s CE Junior School, St Sebastian’s Primary School, St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Westende Junior School, Whiteknights Primary School, Winnersh Primary School and Woodley CE Primary School.
Berkshire Maestros Corelli Orchestra will provide the music for the concert and the children will sing a variety of songs including Climb Aboard the Train, No Room at the Inn and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – to name just a few. Musical director James Baker will conduct the choir and the 50-strong orchestra will also perform instrumental songs including Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.
More than 1,000 people are expected in the audience, made up of parents and teachers. They too will have a part to play in bringing festive cheer to the centre when they join in the singing of Christmas favourites such as Once in Royal David’s City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark said: "The annual primary schools’ carol concert is a highlight of the civic calendar. It is one of the biggest events of the year and one that, as Mayor, I am very much looking forward to.
"It is also a time to celebrate the musical talents of the Wokingham Borough’s young people and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, including the teachers who have spent a great deal of time preparing the children for this concert, James Baker and the young musicians of the Berkshire Maestros Orchestra. Finally a special thank you goes to the children and their parents who each year support this event so enthusiastically."