New venue for popular annual charity Christmas Concert


The 33rd annual Christmas Concert organised by the Cardiff branch of blood cancer charity Bloodwise takes place at a new venue in 2015, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, at 7pm on Saturday 12 December.

The concert will be hosted by BBC Radio Wales’ Arts Show presenter Nicola Heywood-Thomas and HTV legend Arfon Haines Davies. Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones, star of Sky 1 comedy ‘Stella’, will also present at the event.

Performing will be the Cowbridge Male Voice Choir, Cantorion Pontyclun Ladies Choir and the Nidus Children’s Choir, with classic carols everyone can sing-along to.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Bloodwise’s life-saving work. Bloodwise changed its name from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in September this year, but still invests in world-class research and services for patients with blood cancer.

Tom and Gill Jones, the chairman and secretary of the Bloodwise Cardiff Branch, have been organising the concert for over 30 years. They joined the branch after their three year old son, Hywel, was diagnosed with leukaemia. Hywel passed away in October 1976 at the age of 10 and the family have remained involved ever since.

Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Bloodwise, says: “Our ability to help as many blood cancer patients as possible depends on people like Tom and Gill and their selfless determination in raising funds for our work, year on year. We can’t thank them, and everyone involved with the Cardiff Branch, enough for their loyalty and tireless efforts.”

The Bloodwise Christmas Concert takes place at 7pm on Saturday 12 December at the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Tickets are available by calling the box office on 029 2039 1391.

Bloodwise has launched “Susan’s Appeal” this November, a fundraising campaign which celebrates the charity’s 55-year heritage and the community fundraising at the core of its existence.

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