Saturday, 4th December was an overcast and cold day but for Basingstoke Ladies’ Choir it was one of warmth and sunshine as they took to the concert platform for the first time in two years. An invited audience of families and friends enjoyed a short informal concert. A varied programme of music included traditional Christmas carols and songs from O Come All Ye Faithful to We Need a Little Christmas and Ding Dong Merrily on High to Jingle Bell Rock. New additions included the popular Hallelujah, Michael Jackson’s Heal the World and from the musical Newsies, Seize the Day. The audience enthusiastically joined in the communal singing ending with Jingle Bells which had been specially personalised for the choir. The Chamber Choir gave a lovely rendition of The Angel Gabriel. The choir made a tremendous visual impact dressed in the familiar choir colours of black and red with the addition of a little festive sparkle. Their bright smiles lit up the auditorium and their joy in singing was evident to all. A wonderful afternoon ended with a raffle and bucket collection in support of the TESCO/Caritas/Spotlight Christmas Appeal which provides toys and gifts for the most vulnerable children in the Basingstoke Community. Our generous audience raised a magnificent £414.43 for this very worthy cause.