Belfast Telegraph

Cathedral echoes to carols for fundraiser

By David Young

Heavenly voices filled the vault of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast last night at the second annual Snowflake Appeal Carol Concert.

Cavehill Community Choir gave an hour-long programme beginning with Once In Royal David's City, and ending on a rousing note with Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

The fundraising event was organised by charity Home-Start and sponsored by financial company Investec Wealth Management.

Home-Start works to support families where there is one child under five years of age, and who are finding it hard to cope financially. It has 900 volunteers across Northern Ireland.

Among the VIP attendees was Home-Start ambassador Lady Eames, who said: "At Home-start we believe that every family, every child is a precious and delicate as a snowflake - so it seems to me to be wonderful emblem, especially at Christmas-time, when we think of carols, of Christmas services, and we think of that very vulnerable family many, many tears ago. So it's very appropriate that Home-Start marks the launch of its appeal in the special way."

The Cavehill Community Choir - formed just two years ago - was conducted by Donal McCrisken.

"This is a not an easy building to sing it, but the choir sang magnificently," he said.

Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend John Mann, said this was the first of 10 carol services that will be taking place in St Anne's over the Christmas season.

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