We were thrilled to come together in person and welcome family, friends and neighbours to the Songworks Winter Concert on 15 December 2021. Our venue was St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey, which was lit up for the occasion and made the perfect backdrop for this special event.
Having missed out on performing in 2020 because of Covid, it was particularly enjoyable to share songs we’d learned during the year as well as some Songworks classics. Even better, the concert raised a whopping £1,584 for the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, which supports people who are seeking to rebuild their lives having gone through the toughest of times.
After a spectacular fire juggling display, the choir performed songs ranging from the meditative ‘Let the Fire Burn’ to the uplifting Elbow anthem ‘One Day Like This’. The programme also included festive favourite ‘Carol of the Bells’, as well as ‘Night of Silence’, a song that blends with the traditional carol ‘Silent Night’ to gorgeous harmonic effect.
There were also some impromptu musical treats, including a beautiful rendition of ‘Minuit Chrétien’ (O Holy Night) by Songworks friends Angele Mambangula and Adia Nginzulu (both of whom are supported by the Islington Centre), and the Magpies trio with an old favourite, ‘Crossing the Bar’.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to our fundraising efforts – you are helping the Islington Centre to offer a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. If you missed the concert but would like to make a donation, you can do so here – any amount is greatly appreciated.
Another huge thank you to all the Songworks stars (you know who you are!) who helped prepare for the event, organised and served the delicious mulled wine and hot chocolate, and generally made everyone feel welcome.
And our thanks to Crouch End Festival directors Chris Currer and Chris Arnold, who manage events at St Mary’s Tower and created a magical setting for our concert.
Posted February 2022