Welcome the the fourth day of Blogmas! I hope you’re enjoying the content so far and aren’t sick of me just yet! This weekend I took my society carolling at the Worcester Victorian Christmas markets in order to raise some money for Starlight Children’s Foundation, so I thought today’s post would be all about how it went!
In our very first committee meeting of the academic year, I put forward the idea of Christmas carolling as a society. As December is such a hectic and often stressful month for our society leading up to show weekend, I thought it would be a nice way to spend time together, get into the festive spirit and of course raise some money for charity.
I will tell you now it took a LOT of work to organise this event. The first thing I had to do was apply for a street collection permit from Worcester City Council as we were originally planning on carolling at the Christmas lights switch on. However, the lady I was in contact with offered us the opportunity to have a slot of one of the entertainment stages during the Christmas markets and I jumped at the chance.
I also had to hold rehearsals for the carols, prepare a setlist and lyric booklet, make sure everyone knew when to meet and what to wear whilst also maintaining contact with the SU and council about the event requirements – filling our risk assessments and providing insurance details etc.
The Victorian Market run for four days/nights each year and the city of Worcester comes alive various stands, a fun fair, entertainment and visitors. We were originally performing in Bell Square which is a small area inside one of the shopping centres. However, on the night we got moved to the main stage in the middle of Cathedral Square which was amazing! This meant we had a much larger audience and had an actual stage and microphones to perform with.
I am still so proud of everyone. I was chuffed with how many members came along to participate and how fantastic they sounded. I tried to keep the songs really laid back and let people come up with their own harmonies and it worked out brilliantly. I still listen to videos over and over again! It was also so much fun. After a long day of weekend rehearsals, it was just what I needed to get into the festive spirit and relax. We also went for a cheeky Nando’s afterwards to continue the festivities!
From our collection buckets we managed to make a wonderful £101 for Starlight which we are thrilled with! It means so much that our audience were so giving and were also great by singing and clapping along to our numbers. I’m sad that I haven’t got much more time left as chair where I will be able to organise events like this but I’m going to make the most of what I do have.
I adore this lot so much – roll on the carol concert and our pantomime now!