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Christmas charity support

07 Tachwedd 2007

Students from the Cardiff International Academy of Voice will help launch the George Thomas Hospice ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas 2007 appeal.

Held in Cardiff’s Queens Arcade on November 8, the ‘Light up a Life’ event will begin with a special Christmas performance by singers from the Academy in front of the Hospice’s giant Christmas tree.

Members of the public and invited guests will be treated to a selection of carols from around the world sung by Academy students, who are taking time out of rehearsals for their Autumn Concert Series to perform at the event.

Korean baritone Seungwook Seong, a student at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice said: "It's been a fascinating experience for us to have learned carols from across the world. We are all looking forward to performing them to the people of Cardiff, in what is the Academy's first Christmas season in Wales."

Following the performance, Academy Director and renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill will switch on the Hospice’s Christmas tree lights with comedian Mike Doyle and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff Gill Bird.

As part of ‘Light up a Life’, the Hospice is asking for each light on the Christmas tree in Queens Arcade to be sponsored either in memory of a loved one, or in support of someone who is currently ill. All money raised will help the Hospice to provide nursing care and support services to those facing cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Students from the Academy will start their performance at 5.15pm on November 8 at the Queen Street entrance of Queens Arcade, Cardiff. In addition to their appearance at the launch event for Light up a Life, Academy students will also perform at the Hospice’s ‘Christmas with the Stars’ concert in December.