The annual Addenbrooke's Hospital Choir Christmas concert will this year be returning to Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge following the wonderful renovations of this historic building.
This year the concert will be paying tribute to the Christmas WW1 truce by singing some of the songs reported to have been sung by the soldiers in No Man's Land. These carols will be sung in a variety of languages, as was the case 100 years ago.
The Addenbrooke’s Hospital has recently been gifted an autograph book put together by a nurse during WW1 at the old Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge.
J S Smith's vesper hymn
Injured soldiers were treated at this hospital and entered messages of thanks and drawings in the book. One soldier, Cadet J S Smith wrote a piece of music for a Vesper Hymn. Following a lot of investigative work by many people we now know that J S Smith was John Sidney Smith of Stroud, Gloucestershire who survived the war and continued to be the organist of the local church for over 50 years. As the choir will be singing an evening prayer to this music we are hoping that we can find a living relative of J S Smith to attend on the night to hear the work of their ancestor.
Celebrating the festive season
Lizzie Hart from The Concert Committee says: "We are delighted to once again be putting on a Christmas concert in support of our chosen charity, CLIC Sargent and are honoured to be able to pay our respects and remember the truce in this way."
Karen Roberts added: "The Addenbrooke’s Hospital Choir Carol Concert is a great way to celebrate the festive season and this year I am sure will be even more moving than in previous years. We are also delighted to have the Soham Comrades Band join us for the first time and thanks to HP Autonomy kindly sponsoring the event, every penny raised will help make a differance o lives of children and young people with cancer and their families."
Buy your tickets
Tickets for the concert are: £12 per adult, £6 children and concessions £10. To buy your tickets, you can pay over the phone by contacting: 0117 314 8643 or emailing Karen Roberts on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.