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The Big Christmas Sing 2018

Children sing tidings of comfort and joy!

Big Christmas Sing in Oxford Town Hall

Oxford Town Hall provided a magnificent venue for the annual massed primary schools’ event The Big Christmas Sing, organised by Oxfordshire County Music Service in partnership with Christian Aid.

Over 800 children from 36 schools took part over four evenings, from 27-30 November.

Each concert started with the traditional Once in Royal David’s City as a soloist from each participating school processed down the aisle, with a candle, in darkness.

An opportunity for soloists is now part of the tradition of these annual concerts. Where Did My Snowman Go? was this year’s solo spot, and eight children through the week conquered their nerves and sang extremely well.

Children take part in Big Christmas Sing, Oxford, 2018

Oxfordshire County Music Service’s Head of Service, Angela Turton, conducted the massed elements of the concert, assisted by a small band of staff and students with organists Ceri Ngai and Jon Cox. Each year has seen more schools join in and introduce their children to Oxford Town Hall and Christian Aid.

This year, each concert sent the audience home on a high with the finale O Come All Ye Faithful, as the organ, orchestral percussion, singers and audience joined together to raise the Town Hall roof. 

A collection was taken by Christian Aid, following a talk that explained to children and families how one-sixth of the world’s children currently live in conflict zones. The total raised this year over four nights was £3,213.09.  Over the past 11 years, since the first event in 2008, the grand total we have raised is a magnificent £32,589.59.

Christian Aid is very grateful to the Oxfordshire County Music Service, and all the schools and children, for this wonderful result.