The echos of voices and musical instruments filled Hays Galleria this lunchtime when the choir and band from St Michael’s Catholic College, Bermondsey, took to the stage, led by their head of music Mr Lawrence. A mix of modern tunes and all time favourite Christmas songs and carols were sung amazingly to passers-by who came to watch and listen. They were raising awareness of the work of CAFOD and raising funds for good causes across the globe. A fantastic £151.66 was collected, but more than that the young people and their teachers performed their favourite songs to “make people smile”, in the words of Priscilla, one of the voices in the choir – definite crowd pleasers were Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
The school chose to support CAFOD because it “builds a greater sense of wider Christian community and participation for the young people”, says the head of music Mr David Lawrence. Anya, Stella and Chison sung the praises of their music teacher, who over the last six weeks have been rehearsing with them twice a week in preparation for their Christmas concerts, said that the reason they love being part of the choir is that Mr Lawrence “makes them feel a sense of belonging in the class”. One way he achieves this is by having a singer of the day.
Well today I think everyone deserved this accolade and a BIG thank you from CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre goes to the school for not only the amazing amount raised, but also for the festive cheer they brought to us and those lucky enough to see them perform at Hays Galleria.
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