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Christmas Carol Concert by Candlelight

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Get into the Christmas mood by joining us in the heart of Oxford for the Medic Assist International Christmas Carol Concert by Candlelight on Saturday 3 December. Invite your friends, family and colleagues too!

Enjoy a wonderful evening of singing carols, listening to beautiful choral and classical music whilst raising vital funds for Medic Assist International (MAI).

MAI Christmas Carol Concert by candlelight poster 2022
Noel Tredinnick Guest organist at MAI Christmas Carol Concert by Candlelight
Joanna Gill Head of Music at Holy Trinity Brompton, award winning composer and pianist, is performing and conducting at the MAI Christmas Carol Concert by Candlelight

Here is all the information you need to know:

When is it? Saturday 3 December. Free welcome drinks and mince pies will be served at 6.30pm before the concert starts at 7.15pm. It is due to finish at 8.45pm

Where is it? St Michael’s at the North Gate (SMNG) Church, a historic church full of character in the heart of Oxford. Postcode: OX1 3EY

Who’s taking part?  Guest Organist Dr Noël Tredinnick is an internationally respected composer, orchestrator, conductor and former Music Director and organist for All Souls Church, Langham Place. Probably, best known for his popular Prom Praise concerts and conducting on Songs of Praise. HTB’s Head of Classical Music, Joanna Gill also a professional composer, will be directing HTB’s Chamber Choir and performing a piano duet with violinist Dr Chan Ning Lee – a gifted Musician and Surgeon. Joanna has arranged music for and performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Philharmonic Strings & for royalty.

Who will benefit from the concert? All profits and donations from the concert will go towards building a desperately needed new Critical Care Unit at Chinchpada Christian Hospital, a MAI partner in Maharashtra, a poor and rural region of India where many people live in difficult circumstances.

How much are tickets and where can I buy them? Buy Individual tickets at Eventbrite from £15 plus booking fee. Premier Pew tickets (4 to 7 people seated per pew, on the front 2 rows) are also available and ideal for a corporate group, family or group of friends. These tickets range from £120-£180 – offering premium views. Please email our Fundraising Manager Joanna Stapley to purchase your Premier Pew ticket.

Can I give a donation if I can’t be there? Yes, you can! Make a donation here.

There are only 165 seats available for this memorable Christmas music experience, so do not delay and book today! We look forward to seeing you there.

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MAI & funds raised: MAI is a small Christian charity that supports local Christian health partners to deliver quality and affordable healthcare to poor and vulnerable communities (of all faiths and none) in challenging contexts and insecure and marginalised regions of the world. MAI currently works with Martha Health Clinic in South Sudan, Guinebor 2 Hospital in Chad (focusing on providing affordable care for pregnant mothers & malnourished children and plans to build a new female ward and launch a pilot integrated Therapy Outpatient programme for disabled children). Embo Community Health Clinic in South Africa which provides community care for patients with HIV, TB and chronic diseases and Chinchpada Christian Hospital (CCH) in India. MAI’s Christmas Carol Concert – all profits and donations will help CCH build a desperately needed Critical Care Unit in the Maharashtra district, a poor and rural region of India, where Christians are often marginalised. MAI’s Chair Steve Sanderson (also a BMS World Mission Director) will be giving a short address on CCH’s Hospital and its Vision and need for the new ICU at MAI’s Carol Concert. For more info on MAI’s work click here to see MAI’s latest 2021/22 Annual Review.

Individual Tickets: Only £15 (+ Eventbright ticket charge) and can be brought by clicking on the buy tickets button on the left-hand side. Individual Tickets will not be numbered, but allocated on a first come, first served basis, so arrive in good time and remember to print off & bring your Eventbrite ticket(s) with you to the event.

Premier Pew Tickets: (4-7 seated pews on front 2 rows), ideal for a corporate group, family or group of friends range from £120-£180 – offering premium views. Please email Joanna to purchase your Premier Pew Ticket on email: [email protected]. Remember to bring your tickets to the event.

Corporate sponsorship: if anyone would like to help sponsor the event costs or place a A4 advert in the Event Programme, please email MAI’s new Fundraising Manager on email: [email protected]

Venue & logistics: St Michael at the North Gate (SMNG) Church is one of the oldest buildings in Oxford and is conveniently only 100m from Oxford’s renowned Christmas Market (1-18 Dec 2022) and less than 5min walk from a choice of 5 Oxford P&R bus stops if driving from outside Oxford (P&R is £5) and a 10min walk from the renowned Westgate shopping centre which has a car park (from £7.50 + Emission charge). Thus, MAI’s Carol Concert is an ideal opportunity to relax after a busy day Christmas shopping, whilst raising vital funds for MAI’s health partners.

Volunteers needed: MAI is seeking 6 volunteers to help from 1730-2100hrs at MAI’s Christmas Carol Concert event on the 3 Dec 2022 (to help serve drinks, mince pies, give out programmes & check tickets etc). However, you will need to attend a mandatory H&S & orientation briefing at 1730hrs at SMNG church. We are also seeking a volunteer semi/professional photographer for the evening (1800-2045hrs) to take photos of the event for MAI. All volunteers will get a free concert ticket! If interested, please contact Joanna by emailing [email protected].

Help promote MAI’s Carol Concert: we would love you all to help us promote MAI’s Christmas Carol concert by clicking on this link ………………….to download and print off MAI’s lovely Christmas Carol Concert poster to promote the event and display at your local church, workplace, social club and via your own social media.

If you are unable to attend or live too far away but would like to support MAI’s Christmas Carol Concert and make a Christmas donation, press on the Donate now button at the top of this page.

MAI looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible. There are only 165 seats available for this memorable Christmas music experience, so do not delay and book today!

Many thanks and blessings,
Joanna Stapley (MAI’s Fundraising Manager)