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The choir performing in Bath Abbey

Carols by Candlelight

18 December 2019  |  7.30pm
St Michael’s Without, Bath

19 & 20 December 2019  |  7.30pm
The Pump Room, Bath

Carols by Candlelight is Bath Bach Choir’s much-loved and keenly-anticipated annual entertainment for Christmas. Expect children’s choirs, young virtuoso instrumentalists and conductorly banter as Nigel Perrin gets the audience onto its feet.

Each night, a retiring collection is taken to support two charities. The choir is grateful to its audience of 2018, whose generous donations meant that £1,300 could be shared between The Carers’ Centre and ChallengeAid.

The Carers’ Centre
Three in five of us will care for someone close during our lifetime. Caring can be rewarding, but also comes with real challenges, and can lead to carers developing poor physical and mental health, financial hardship and social isolation. The Carers’ Centre works to ensure that carers living in Bath and North East Somerset have the knowledge and guidance they need to achieve a balance between caring and maintaining a life of their own. As well as educating our community, so that those caring today are recognised, valued and supported, and those who will care tomorrow are better prepared.

Founded in 2005 by rugby player and coach Iestyn Thomas, ChallengeAid creates Schools of Hope in East Africa, which help to raise some of Africa’s poorest children out of a lifetime of poverty. There are currently 38 schools, helping to educate 2,500 aspirational young slum dwellers through homework clubs, libraries and extra-curricular activities including music. Last year 96% of students succeeded in accessing university or full employment, enabling them to change not only their lives but the life of the community. £500 sustains one School of Hope for a whole year. None of the funds raised are used for administrative purposes.

Bath Welcomes Refugees
St Peter’s Hospice

Young Carers Development Trust
Samaritans of Bath & District

Genesis Trust
Soundwell Music Therapy Trust

‘Singing for the Brain’ at the Peggy Dodd Centre, Bath

Connect – the communication disability network
East Meets West India

The Children’s Society
Bath Cancer Unit Support Group