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Friday, 28 January 2022

Smile Train UK: FREE virtual carol concert, filmed at the ‘Love Actually’ Chapel!

THE world’s largest cleft-focused organisation, Smile Train, is excited to announce that it will once again be hosting a virtual Christmas carols service to kickstart the festive season! 

Taking place during UK Charity Week, on Thursday 9th December at 8pm, Smile Train will be launching an hour-long Christmas carols concert – which people across the UK can tune into for free via Smile Train’s website.

Filmed in the Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair, as featured in the classic Christmas film, Love Actually, the concert will feature festive performances from the Choir of Grosvenor Chapel and a seasonal welcome message from Smile Train UK Director, Ian Vallance.

Along with carols, you will hear inspiring stories from the charity’s Ambassadors, as well as hymns from seven of Smile Train’s patient choirs in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Nigeria – made up of children and young people who have benefited from the charity’s cleft care.

But wait, there’s myrrh! Viewers will be treated to a regional update from Smile Train’s programme in the Philippines. This will showcase Smile Train Philippines’ approach to the pandemic, as well as a look at their recovery as restrictions continue to lift.

The concert is free to watch, but all online donations raised will help the charity to continue providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.

So, cosy up with your loved ones, pour yourself a steaming mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine, and tune into Smile Train’s virtual Christmas carol concert to enjoy some Christmas hymns and help change the world one smile at a time.

Those watching the virtual carol concert are encouraged to share a photo of themselves on social media, alongside the hashtag #SmileTrainCarolsConcert.

Roanne Moore, Carol Concert Curator and Development Manager at Smile Train UK said:

“After the success of last years’ first virtual Christmas carols concert, and the continued uncertainty around the pandemic, we’ve decided to again digitally-adapt this years’ annual celebration.

“We’re so excited to kick off the festive season and put a smile on people’s faces after another turbulent year. So, dust off your Santa hat, grab your nearest and dearest and gather round to sing-along to your favourite carols and help spread Christmas cheer.”

The Smile Train Christmas carols concert will be taking place on 9th December 2021, at 8pm.

To RSVP, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk/carols.

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