‘First Light’ full of the Christmas spirit

Rehearsals are now in full swing for First Ballymena Presbyterian Church's annual FirstLight Charity Concert on Saturday, December 12, 7.30pm. (Submitted Picture).
Rehearsals are now in full swing for First Ballymena Presbyterian Church's annual FirstLight Charity Concert on Saturday, December 12, 7.30pm. (Submitted Picture).

Rehearsals are now in full swing for First Ballymena Presbyterian Church’s annual First Light Charity Concert on Saturday December 12, at 7.30pm.

This year the concert, which is in aid of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, will feature a festival choir of 75 voices supported by an instrumental ensemble of accomplished young musicians, guaranteeing an atmospheric evening full of the spirit of Christmas.

Step away from the mad whirl of festive preparation and reflect in the magical candlelit surroundings of First Ballymena’s historic sanctuary, where songs, readings and film clips will take you on a journey back 2,000 years to the first Christmas. Enjoy an uplifting repertoire of old favourites, such as ‘O Holy Night’, and new inspirations from around the world, and have the chance to join in the singing. End your evening with festive refreshments served in the church hall.

Suzi McIlwain of Cancer Focus NI says: “It’s only because of support through events like this that we can continue to help cancer patients in Northern Ireland, fund our ground-breaking research at Queen’s University and encourage the community to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Admission is free, with a charity collection for Cancer Focus NI taken during the evening.