Anvil Street Drummer leader stages Yuletide show

Anvil Street Drummers have spent their time volunteering for the Christmas Carol Concert.

Anvil Street Drummers have spent their time volunteering for the Christmas Carol Concert.

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A FESTIVE folk night is in store for Wigan’s music lovers.

Chris Perry and Imelda Shirley of Wigan Music Service will stage a carol concert with a difference at a Wigan church and all proceeds raised on the night, will be donated to charity.

Bygone carols will be sung by a choir led by Imelda and a short percussion recital will be performed by Chris.

Chris who is also the leader of the Anvil Street Drummers samba band decided to hold the concert in memory of a former teacher, Tim Holden.

He said: “We will be performing lots of folk carols that people don’t hear anymore such as Ding Dong Merrily.

“The concert is in memory of my former teacher who died around six years ago, of cancer.

“All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Christie Hospital.

“It’s the second time we have done this concert and we hope to make it an annual thing.”

Chris who lives in Swinley will perform his recital during the first half of the concert, playing the instruments such as xylophone, marimba and snare drum.

Imelda who is from Orrell will lead the choir which will be made up of colleagues and friends of Wigan Instrumental Music Service,

Imelda has been associated with the Wigan Instrumental Music Service for 10 years.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to sing these old and beautiful carols in their original form.

“The instrumental accompaniments are very varied providing a fabulous traditional folk setting.

“I’m happy to have been given the chance to sing with these talented musicians who will undoubtedly provide a Christmas concert with a real difference for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

“This is a seasonal and joyful way to raise money for The Christie.

“People should come down and support the concert as they will be getting a unique chance to see authentic carols performed in folk style with fabulous musicians, we have put a real twist on things.”

Chris, 37 added: “This is the second time we will be holding the concert, the first was two years ago.

“It was fantastic, it went down really well and people were even putting requests in for carols.

“Lyric sheets will be printed for the audience so if they want to join in, they are more than welcome to. Everybody should come along and celebrate Christmas in this special way.”

The concert will take place at Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove on December 21.

The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are £5 or £4 concessions.

To buy tickets, people should call Chris on 07947798258.