In Cantilena we all love to sing, of course. And it would be wonderful to be able to do it all for love. But what we do doesn't come free; there are venues, instrumentalists, soloists and publicity to pay for.
So it's particularly good when we can combine what we do with benefitting others. There's no better time to do this than at Christmas, when people are more receptive to charitable giving.
For many years now we have showcased St Margaret's Hospice in conjunction with our Christmas concert. St Margaret's does fantastic work supporting the terminally ill and their families and nearly everyone has experience of loved ones dying. At our concert on 1 December, they will be invited to talk about their work and you will have the chance to talk to their representatives and to donate.
There's more than one way to donate and we have been fortunate to attract sponsors. We have Burns the Bread to thank for the mince pies. Burns the Bread is not only an award-winning bakery, but is well known for supporting all kinds of projects throughout the county. The pies taste wonderful as well.
It's been pleasing to note the return of independent off-licences in the area, especially Wells. The Grape and the Good has a wonderful range of spirits and beers as well as fine wines. Not the sort of thing you see in the supermarket. And they have generously agreed to sponsor the mulled wine to go with the mince pies.
That makes it all perfect; beautiful music to kick-start Christmas, delicious Christmassy eats and giving help to those who need it.
Don't miss it:
Date: Friday 1 December 2017, 7.30 pm
Location: St Mary's Church, Glastonbury
Tickets: £12.00 from Dicketts Stationers in Glastonbury, by calling 01278 7228760 or on the door
Useful links: https://www.somerset-hospice.org.uk
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