Review of Christmas Carol Concert & Singalong – 16th December 2018

Happy New Year! Apologies – this review is very late. Sorry.

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The volunteers of St Marie’s Heritage Group were delighted to welcome over 115

visitors to St Marie’s for our Christmas Carol Concert & Singalong on Monday 16th December.

Guests enjoyed free mulled wine, hot drinks and mince pies before enjoying a wonderful performance from The St Wilfred’s Parish Choir, led by the brilliant Frances Atherton.

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The packed to capacity room sounded magnificent and everyone joined in to share the Christmas Spirit. We are incredibly grateful to Frances and her Choir for making the evening such a special event. We’re also very grateful to former Parish Priest, Father Peter Fox who joined us to provide a Christmas blessing.

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The St Marie’s Heritage Group did a fabulous job decorating the Altar & tree and even the St Marie’s lights played their part this year, remembering to come back on after “Silent Night”.

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Huge thanks to everyone who came along and joined in – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Here’s the feedback we collected on the night.

Was there anything you particularly liked?

– Great evening, fabulous venue.
– Love the carol singing. Great atmosphere. This was my 1st time here & hopefully I will be here again next year.
– Loved the memories of my childhood singing in Miss Pinnington’s choir and Sunday Mass with the Christmas tree lit.
– I really enjoyed this evening, in particular when the lights were dimmed for “Silent Night”. Really appreciate the Choir’s time & effort.
– Really enjoyable. Nice seeing familiar faces too. Choir very good.
– Really enjoyed tonight in my old Church. Loved it.
– I was brought up in Quinn Street so always enjoy events here. Loved the singing.
– The altar area and Christmas tree were beautifully dressed.
– Beautiful singing in amazing surroundings!
– Excellent night.
– Liked everything. Brilliant night.
– The lights off for Silent Night.
– Very enjoyable. Choir.
– Everything was lovely.
– The whole evening was amazing.
– I like singing along and listening to beautiful voices.
– Marvelous.
– Loved the atmosphere.
– Lovely Carol Service. Very enjoyable.
– The Singing.
– Singing.
– Always great.
– Liked the whole evening, choir was fantastic.
– Wonderful evening. Thank you.
– An outstanding community evening.
– The Altar.
– Great night.
– Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
– Really enjoyed the whole evening.
– Good night.
– Loved the choir.
– Loved it.
– Absolutely excellent.
– The atmosphere was full of joy and the real Christmas spirit – thank you!
– It was an excellent evening.
– Warm welcome.
– AB FAB!! Had a wonderful time. Thank you!!
– Absolutely brilliant
– Wonderful evening.
– Refreshments & raffle & the host. Lovely community vibe.
– The welcome. Warm community spirit. Refreshments.
– Everyone was welcoming and the concert was fab and made me feel very festive. Thank you.

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Was there anything you particularly disliked?

– Sound system could be improved.
– Would like more of a half time break to allow us to chat with other people.
– Suggestion: Speakers given a microphone as people at the rear unable to hear clearly?
– Sat at the back. Could not hear a lot. Even the raffle Nos.
– Could not hear Roger at the back sorry.

Any ideas for future Heritage Events at St Marie’s?

– Events to bring back memories of St Marie’s School. Also, have you considered sponsorship of, for example, benches, which families could do.
– Surprise me!
– Just keep doing what you’re doing.
– Make Carol Service longer.
– Christmas fayre?
– More singing events.
– Whist Drive.
– Keep it going! (Old teachers etc)
– VE Day Tea Party W/E 9/10 May 2020?
– I will come to anything & everything.
– Shout louder!
– Local history.
– Christmas Eve Carol Concert in afternoon. Musicals night. Christmas meal for the needy. Easter concert.
– Regular sing a long nights. Christmas Day Meal for the needy. Nativity.
– I’m not sure at the moment but will join the facebook page and enjoy forthcoming events.

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