Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Carol Concert on Monday evening (4 December), it was wonderful to see Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square, London, filled with people supporting Children & the Arts. With our Ambassadors and special guests leading the performances, we are delighted that the concert sold out and raised £63,000 towards our projects with schools and children’s hospices across the UK.

Ben Miller, Felicity Jones, Adrian Lester and Carly Paoli with members of the St Paul's and All Hallows' School Gospel Choir

Highlights of the evening included seasonal readings from charity Ambassadors Felicity Jones, who read Joyce Grenfell’s Nursery School Nativity Play and Adrian Lester OBE who performed an extract from Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Hosted by John Suchet, the concert was crammed with musical delights too, with performances from soprano Carly Paoli, violinist Jennifer Pike and pianist Nigel Hess. Among the traditional carols, West End performer Shaun Escoffery (the longest-standing cast member of the London production of The Lion King where he plays Mufasa) performed with schoolchildren from Tottenham who are part of St Paul’s and All Hallows’ School Gospel Choir whose voices reached the rafters and enchanted the audience.

Shaun Escoffery with St Paul's and All Hallows' School Gospel Choir

Comedian and actor Ben Miller read King John’s Christmas by A. A. Milne, a familiar Christmas-time treat for young and old and, closing the evening on a high, Brian Blessed OBE gave an unforgettable dramatic rendition of A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.

The Children & the Arts Carol Concert will be broadcast as part of Classic FM's Christmas programming over the festive season so be sure to tune in if you missed being a part of the live audience or to relive the concert from start to finish.

Nigel Hess and Jennifer Pike

We must thank our headline sponsor BEDAT & CO GENEVE and sponsors Cadogan, Floreat and Sloane Stanley. We are also very grateful to Classic FM, Al Fresco Feasts, Andrew Winter, Bread & Honey, Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Furniture Hire UK, Laurent Perrier UK, Peter Jones, Unicorn Publishing Group and, of course, Holy Trinity Church and this year's Carol Concert Committee.

All images (c) John M Fulton