Faithful festivities

Sacred heart Singers 2012 concert
Sacred heart Singers 2012 concert
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Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant! is the festive message from The Sacred Heart Singers to the people of Blackpool to join them in their annual Christmas Carols By Candle Light evening on Wednesday at 7pm in The Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Talbot Square.

The popular celebration is one of the busiest nights in Blackpool’s Sacred Heart Church’s advent calendar.

The evening is supported and enjoyed by an enthusiastic gathering of the church’s parishioners, Blackpool residents and visitors – and last year’s event saw the church’s vintage oak pews packed to capacity as record numbers turned out to sing along and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine.

Church choir mistress and lead organist Jackie Scot said: “The evening is one of the most popular events in the parish and with our easily accessible town centre location the church attracts a lot of visitors and residents as well as our regular parishioners.

“Every year we see the attendance growing and people really do enjoy the peaceful and harmonious atmosphere as well as a great opportunity to stretch their lungs and join in and sing along.

“Last year was amazing with so many people from all areas of Blackpool turning up to make the evening burst with joy and song.”

The singers will be performing a selection of traditional and classic Christmas Carols accompanied by the church’s magnificent grand organ.

The repertoire includes favourites such as O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once In Royal David’s City, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger and many more classics.

“One of the highlights of the evening is a stunningly beautiful solo performance by church cantor Natalie Daymun,” said Jackie. “There is no doubt that people really love to sing along and take a moment out of their hectic shopping schedules to relax and lift their spirits.

“Many people come and talk to us afterwards to say what a peaceful and refreshing experience the carol singing is and it quite simply is heavenly.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all our friends, old and new to come along and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas spirit.”

Parish priest, Canon Robert Dewhurst is also looking forward to welcoming the resort’s Christmas Carol enthusiasts.

“We are very proud and privileged to have such a wonderful group of dedicated singers and talented musicians who kindly give up their time to perform for this exquisite experience in the parish,” he said.

“It is loved and enjoyed by all who attend and if you have never been, you are really missing a most unique and beautifully performed evening.

“Blackpool is blessed to have such a magnificent church with a long history of being a sanctuary of peace and holiness in the resort.

“The setting is a perfect atmosphere to praise the Lord and ring out our joy.”

Sacred Heart is a Grade 2 listed church building and is widely recognised as a hidden gem of Blackpool’s architectural heritage and a masterpiece of church craftsmanship and design.