I thought I was to be singing in a nondescript Christmas carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall, but when we passed Graham Cole; the guy who plays Pc Tony Stamp in The Bill, in the changing rooms I realized this concert was to be a bit special!
Mr Garner was kind enough to invite me once more to join the Caterham School choir for their Christmas concert, which I had to miss because it clashed with my work Xmas do Monday night. There was a 2nd concert Caterham had this season, one which they were hand picked for, along with one other school, for the aforementioned Carol with Stars concert.
The Stars were all from British tv soaps like Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Bad Girls, plus an 11 strong cast appearance from The Bill. I myself don't watch the soaps so most of the actors were new to me, but the 5500 people in the audience seemed to know them all, and enjoyed the carols and Christmas themed songs they sang.
The 2 schools each done a solo piece, then, for the main part sang 7 traditional carols with the audience. There was guest announcers too like Carol Baker and a guy who has been in both The Bill and Eastenders and does voiceovers for Talk Sport radio (I don't know his name).
The concert is annual and was in association with TV Times for Leukaemia Research and raised £12,500 with just a collection during the interval! Not bad for 10 minutes.