30 November 2015
Christmas can be a difficult time for patients and their families so the Royal Free Music Society Choir is holding a carol concert next month to bring some festive cheer.
The choir, which rehearses weekly in the Peter Samuel Hall, includes members of staff and local residents. The 45-strong group comes together regularly to enjoy high-quality music-making while having fun.
Choir co-founder and consultant Andrew Rochford said: “The choir was founded in 1999 by staff of the hospital but now includes many members of the local community. We put on three or four concerts a year, often accompanied by our sister orchestra, the Hampstead Sinfonietta.”
Benjamin Wolf, the choir's current musical director, said: “Thursday evening rehearsals are taken seriously but the group also enjoys some social activities too. For example we have just confirmed our second trip to Genoa next year where we have been invited to participate in a celebratory concert for the marriage of ex-choir member Anna Silvia Castiglione at the Palazzo Ducale.”
The choir is busy rehearsing for their annual Christmas carol concert at the Royal Free Hospital. Supported by the Royal Free Charity, the concert is taking place on Thursday 17 December from 5.30-7.30pm in the main entrance.
New members are always welcome and no formal audition is required. You can find out more about the choir on their website www.royalfreemusicsociety.org.uk
Image: Royal Free Music Society Choir
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