The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Guildford invite everyone to join them from their homes this Sunday, 13 December, for their 2020 Mayor of Guildford’s Christmas Concert.

Although the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic means that we are not able to celebrate together at Holy Trinity Church, as we usually would, instead we have a special performance of carols, readings and music from Guildford’s Vivace Chorus which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube from 7pm on Sunday. A Facebook or YouTube account is needed to watch.

The concert is in aid of one of the Mayor of Guildford’s charitable causes for 2020, the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund – and we will match-fund all public donations. Donations can be made via the Mayor’s fundraising page here.

Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Marsha Moseley, says:

“I hope that everyone enjoys this festive programme brought to us by the fabulous Vivace Chorus, even though we cannot all be together in person on what is always a special evening. I have been amazed to see how well people have adapted to these difficult times, and found so many new ways to ensure we all have something to smile about. It has been so very heart-warming to see how local communities have come together to help those most in need.

“We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of the audience in supporting the Mayor’s charity, and this year it is particularly important to support the Coronavirus Response Fund and the local charities it is helping. These charities have been at the heart of our community’s response to the pandemic, and they continue to do everything they can to provide vital support. All donations will be match-funded by the Council, and every donation will be much appreciated, no matter how small.”

She continues: “I would like to thank conductor Jeremy Backhouse, the Vivace Chorus, its Chairman, James Garrow, and everyone who has helped to put on this fabulous concert. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year.”

Cllr Moseley will give a Christmas greeting, whilst the Vivace Chorus will sing a number of popular carols including Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasJingle Bells and I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – all with lyrics on the screen so you can sing along with the choir at home. The concert will be hosted by the Revd Canon Robert Cotton, rector of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s Churches.

Among those watching online will be local care homes which in previous years the Mayor would have visited in the lead up to Christmas