A POWYS choir are getting in the festive spirit by putting on a Christmas concert – which people can gain entry to by donating to their local foodbank, rather than buying a ticket.

If you’ve got a spare store cupboard packet or tin and fancy helping out a local charity, why not exchange your household items for entry to Cantorion-Llandrindod’s finale of festive performances, taking place on Saturday, December 16, from 6pm at Holy Trinity Church.

This will be a Christmas charity concert for all the family, with all “entry fees” going to Llandrindod Foodbank.

As well as an evening of great entertainment, it will also be a great opportunity to support local charities at what is often a busy and stressful time, providing help to local families and individuals.


And because this season highlights the difficulties of the homeless there will be a retiring collection in aid of Helping our Homeless Wales, which has a hub in Builth Wells. 

“At what for many is an expensive time of year, exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis, we wanted to do something which allows as many people as possible to be part of a wonderful festive music experience while at the same time helping local causes, which in turn are aiding those less fortunate,” said choir secretary Sue Ryan.

“We could have made it a free concert, but asking for store cupboard items is unusual, but practical.

“Dedicating the retiring collection to a homeless charity reminds us all, at this festive season, of those less fortunate for whatever reason. Every little helps.”

The concert itself will include a chance for the audience to sing some firm favourites as well as the opportunity to hear some less well-known music and performances.

It will bookend a busy autumn term for Cantorion, which has included the premiere of ‘A Country Church at Night’, based on the poem by Ruth Bidgood, set to music by Nic Shipp, at the Beulah Music Festival; a four choir concert in aid of Holy Trinity Church, their rehearsal and performance venue; and at what is fast becoming a festive tradition – singing carols at the Rock Park Mid Winter Festival.

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The evening will round off with the traditional Cantorion-Llandrindod invitation for the audience to join the choir for seasonal nibbles and drinks, provided by the members.

So, raid the larder and head off for what promises to be a Christmas cracker, with something for all, young and old.

Want some ideas of what items are most needed by the foodbank? Visit their website at www.llandrindod.foodbank.org.uk.

Details of the services provided by Helping our Homeless Wales can be found at www.helpingourhomelesswales.org.

Meanwhile, www.cantorion-llandrindod.org provides lots of information about the choir. For any other queries, contact secretary Sue via email at secretary@cantorion-llandrindod.org or ring 01597 810601.