Last night, a packed crowd at the Royal Albert Hall were treated to a magical evening full of carols, festive readings and show-stopping singing from a host of celebs.
Lead by Frank Renton and his wonderful Concert Brass band, and joined by the delightful Sydenham High Choir, the evening was full of fun, surprises and plenty of cheer.
A stunning performance of “Feeling Good” from West End and Casualty star Lee Mead, followed by a charming Dickens reading from John Sergeant and Anne Reid's rendition of "The Christmas Song" set the impressive tone for things to come.
Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw kicked off the second half, introducing X Factor finalist Ché Chesterman to the stage for a mesmerising rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness” which had the audience dancing in the aisles. The performance was filmed to be shown during the live final this Saturday evening.
After his performance, Che joined Nick backstage to meet blood cancer patient Brenda and her husband John, who, as big fans of the show, relished their red carpet moment!
Composer and leukaemia survivor Patrick Doyle’s brand new carol “Ring Out the Bells” went down a treat, and as the snowflakes fell during the show stopping finale featuring the likes of Cantabile and Tom Lister, it really did feel like Christmas had well and truly arrived with style.