St Mary Magdalene Church, Paradise Road, Richmond will come alive with the sounds of Christmas at 7 pm, 2 December when the Holly Lodge Centre presents its 8th annual Christmas concert. The event will be hosted by Adrian Mills and will feature choirs from the Sheen Mount School in East Sheen and the Clarendon School in Hampton as well as readings by Claire Tomalin and Tim McMullan.
Tickets at £20 (£5 for children 16 and under) support the work of the Holly Lodge Centre, a special place for learning in Richmond Park. Mince pies and wine will complete the festive evening. For reservations call 020 8940 8730 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
At Sheen Mount School in East Sheen music and the arts have a high profile within the school and pupils enjoy singing in school assemblies, concerts and shows, as well as two school choirs. The choir performing at the Christmas concert is made up of children from Key Stage 2, aged between 7 and 11, and is led by Katie Adams.
- Clarendon School in Hampton is a day community special school for pupils aged 7-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs (including Autism). The Clarendon Choir, comprised of pupils and staff, made their debut at the Singing Hands Christmas Charity Singalong in Twickenham in 2013.
- Claire Tomalin is a writer of historical and literary biographies, her subjects ranging from Mary Wollstonecraft to the 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens.
- Tim McMullan has worked in theatre, TV, films and radio. He has appeared in the West End in The Deep Blue Sea and at the National Theatre in many productions including Richard III, Murmuring Judges, Coram Boy and The Life of Galileo, The Queen, Shadowlands, Shakespeare in Love and The Woman In Black. On TV he plays Valentine in Foyle’s War as well as roles in Endeavour, Elementary and a new film of The Go-Between.
- Adrian Mills, a patron of the Holly Lodge Centre and host of this year’s concert is a television presenter. He appeared on That’s Life! with Esther Rantzen until 1994. Since then he has presented talk show Central Weekend Live, reported for BBC viewer feedback programme Bite Back, appeared as a location reporter on Surprise, Surprise, and in later years was a host on TV Travel Shop.
The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park was founded more than 20 years ago with the aim of providing groups of children and adults – particularly those with special physical and educational needs – a secure environment in which to benefit from the natural and historic wonders of Richmond Park. The Centre is a charity with over 100 volunteers which relies entirely on donations from individuals and trusts. It also benefits from a number of events each year including this Christmas concert.