Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Carols by Candlelight

Launchpad’s annual carol service celebrates it’s 10th year this 7 December.

For a wonderful way to start the festive season, we welcome you to join our staff, clients, volunteers and patrons in the beautiful surroundings of Reading Minster on Thursday 7 December from 6pm-7pm. There will be special guest readers, with music from Reading Bach Choir, the winners of the Launchpad School Choir Competition and Launchpad Patron, Danyl Johnson.

Last year, 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 proceeds go directly to Launchpad, allowing us to continue our crucial work to prevent homelessness in Reading, over the festive season and all year round.

Ticket information

Tickets are available from Eventbrite this year via the link below:

Launchpad Carols by Candlelight tickets >

Tickets are £10 for an individual and £25 for a family of two adults and two children under 16.

Date: Thursday 7 December 2017

Time: 6pm-7pm

Church: The Minster, St Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2XH

We look forward to seeing you there!

Carols by Candlelight 2016

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.

Lord Carnarvon, former Reading FC Captain Ady Williams and Lady Stevenson also all took part in the service.

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


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