December 2023 - Take a look at what we've been up to

As usual, LCV have been very busy in the run-up to Christmas. We've performed at many events, including our own five (yes, five!!!) Christmas concerts, and raised a record-breaking amount of money for charity.

Singing at the Tower of London with MD Brunch

On Sunday 3 December LCV were delighted to take part in another weekend of singing at the iconic Tower of London. We joined several other choirs from around the country to provide some Christmas songs for sightseers visiting the Tower. It was a bit wet, but who cares when you're singing everyone's Christmas favourites.

LCV Community Arts Day

On Saturday 9 December we held our inaugural LCV Community Arts Day, organised by the tireless Neil Clive Fowler.

LCV is full of creative people, and we thought it was about time everyone got to show off their other skills apart from singing. We had stalls selling Christmas cards, decorations, artwork, glass pieces, baked goods, and, of course, Richard's book!

Mike and Rosalind ran a very successful "paintalong" with some great results. Who knew we had so many arty folks in our midst! Maybe the Tuesday art group will find a few new members.

Isabel brought a fabulous selection of goods from her tiny artisan bakery - Oakfield Bakery. Those went down very well indeed!

All these stalls, along with the cafe, raised over £750 for our charity this year - Sarcoma UK.

Christmas Open Mic

We held our final open mic night of the year straight after the Community Arts Day, so it was a very full day indeed. As usual we set up the church with lights and mics, and enjoyed some fabulous performances.

Paddington Station Charity Collection

This year we only did one charity singing session, also for Sarcoma UK. It was at Paddington station on 14 December. Our Christmas repertoire was greatly enjoyed by the enthusiastic collectors, and the commuters, of course.

Christmas Concerts

On 15, 16 and 17 December we held our Christmas concert marathon. For the Friday and Saturday we took over St Mary-at-Hill Church - our Wednesday home - to put on matinee and evening concerts. Our original three concerts sold out weeks in advance, and we loved performing to a packed house of our family and friends. These concerts were streamed so they could be enjoyed by audiences far and wide.

Our theme this year was American Songbook Christmas, and our dress code was 'all your finery". Of course, no one in LCV needs much encouragement to dress up, so the concert was a sea of sequins, satin, djs bow ties.

As usual we held a charity collection at all our concerts. Everyone was very generous, and we even had an anonymous donor pledge to match the donations made at Saturday's concerts up to £1000!

Having sold out our first concerts so quickly - 24 hours! - we decided to put on another couple of concerts, this time at our favourite summer venue, Tobacco Dock. It was a very different atmosphere from the church, but as the audience enjoyed their mulled wines and fizz, we still made it very festive...

... possibly helped by Richard's hat and nose combo!

...and finally...

Hackney Food Drive with Aisling Bea

On 20 December we were delighted to be invited back to this annual charity event. Like last year, we sang outside the Bill Murray pub in Hackney to an audience that filled the street and included many famous faces. After performing all our Christmas songs, Richard played for a special rendition of Fairytale of New York by Nish Kumar and Aisling Bea. The drive collected a roomful of donations for the Hackney food bank.

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