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Carols by Candlelight

A packed congregation enjoyed a wonderful festive carol service. With musical entertainment from the winners of our Primary School Choir Competition – Earley St Peter’s, Reading Bach Choir and an entertaining appeal from Launchpad Patron Matt Allwright with musical accompaniment from friend Davie McGirr.

Launchpad supporters, staff, volunteers, clients and patrons attended our ninth annual carol service at Reading Minster in St Mary’s Butts. Lord Carnarvon, former Reading FC Captain Ady Williams and Lady Stevenson all took part in the service.

Thank you to everyone who attended Carols by Candlelight and to everyone who took part, we welcomed the most people to Reading Minster in the nine years we’ve held the carol service and raised over £9,000. We are very grateful to the local community for all of their support.

All the photos from Carols by Candlelight 2016 can be viewed here >

Carols by Candlelight 2017

The date is set for our Carols by Candlelight event this Christmas: Thursday 7 December 2017. Please check back later in the year for more information and ticket details.

Reading Bach Choir and Launchpad Schools Choir Competition

This Christmas local primary schools have the chance to sing alongside X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson and the acclaimed Reading Bach Choir. Launchpad’s exciting competition is entering it’s third year, after it secured exceptionally talented choirs in 2015 and 2016 to sing at our Carols by Candlelight service.

Primary schools choirs of up to 30 pupils are invited to submit an eight minute performance of two Christmas songs.

Three finalists will be invited to the grand final, where musical director, David Young and Danyl Johnson will listen to and appraise each performance before holding a fun workshop with all three choirs.

The winning choir will perform at Launchpad’s Carols by Candlelight on Thursday 7 December at 6pm at Reading Minster.

For more information:

Launchpad Schools Choir Competition 2017 Information >

Or contact Sophie Adele Stokes email or call 0118 929 1221.


Carols by Candlelight