SSAFA Christmas Carols at the Guards Chapel 2019 BFBS
Christmas

A Festive Mood With Christmas Eve Carols Recorded At The Historic Guards Chapel

Festive music with the Band of the Coldstream Guards and the Guards Chapel Choir

SSAFA Christmas Carols at the Guards Chapel 2019 BFBS

Highlights of a traditional carol concert at the historic Guards’ Chapel in London feature in this broadcast recorded on Christmas Eve.

The Band of the Coldstream Guards and the Guards Chapel Choir provided the music for the service held in aid of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity in the chapel - the ‘spiritual home’ of the Household Division, Wellington Barracks, St James Park.

To get everyone in the festive mood, Tim Humphries and Jess Bracey bring you highlights of the concert which you can listen to in the audio below: 

Guards Chapel, Wellington Barrarcks - BFBS photo

The charity’s president, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, joined heads of each military service, members of the Armed Forces, other guests from the Ministry of Defence, and charity beneficiaries at the concert.

The annual event raises money to run the London Central branch of the charity. 

This year’s concert theme was Army veterans and the event featured addresses from General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, former Royal Green jacket reservist turned BBC security correspondent, Frank Gardner, and Col David Richmond CBE.   

SSAFA Christmas Carols at the Guards Chapel 2019 BFBS

In the BFBS highlights programme, Sir Andrew Gregory, SSAFA Controller, shares how the money raised at the event goes to support forces families, and we explore the meaning of Christmas with the Reverend John Vincent, Chaplain to the Household Division. 

Soloists also swapped theatrical and operatic stages to perform at the only remaining Royal military chapel in London.

Colin Thackery and Jess Bracey BFBS 2019
Colin Thackery with Jess Bracey

Other highlights of the broadcast include appearances by Britain’s Got Talent winner and Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery, and other performances by singers Kate Dowman, Maciek O’ Shea and Portsmouth Cathedral chorister Jake Bailey.