The Christmas spirit was alive in Warwick on Saturday evening for the annual Carols celebration. With over 2000 tickets sold and the pleasant winter weather drawing a large walk-up crowd, ticket sales once again raised funds for local charitable and community causes.
The spectacular annual event held every December in the dramatic surroundings of Warwick Castle was again a highlight of the festive calendar. The evening was enjoyed by around 2,500 people who were entertained by the outstanding Choirs of St Mary’s Church and the Royal Spa Brass Band. The event was compered by local celebrity and radio presenter Annie Othen and comprised of eighteen favourite carols, including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, selected by competition winner Zoe Allen to close the event on the Carols at Warwick Castle Facebook page, and a rendition of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s hit movie, Frozen.
Students from Warwickshire College were invited to photograph the event as part of a social media initiative to engage young talent, organised by Jane Murray, the Lead for Photography at the institution. Photography from the event can also be viewed on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carolswarwick, alongside images from local photographer, Rachel Spivey.
This year’s main sponsors saw their logos projected on to the side of Warwick Castle in a fantastic light display. Several Midlands based businesses support the Carols event to make it a spectacular and memorable event for all – these include Philips 66, marketing agency LMMC, JET, Warwick Printing, Leamington Mazda and the venue Warwick Castle.
Selwyn Rowley, member of the organising Committee, commented: ‘This was a fantastic evening and a memorable start to Christmas. Everyone seemed to have a really good time. We are indebted to the many volunteers for their help, and to Warwick Castle and the other sponsors for their considerable support. The evening raised funds that will go to worthy local causes, which is marvellous.’
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