GamesAid choir on song at first Christmas concert
Months of hard work, rehearsal and preparation came to fruition last night as the GamesAid choir assembled to perform their first Christmas Games on Song carol concert in the delightful setting of St Stephen’s church, Hampstead.
The choir, which was comprised of industry stalwarts, was directed by Ian Chambers and accompanied by David Frankel on piano. They performed a packed programme of festive favourites in the first half of the show, opening with Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and a catchy games-themed 12 Days of Christmas, before being joined by the audience for Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Next came two delightful solos from Ms Becca Roberts singing What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve and Ms Katie Brooks performing I’ll Be Home For Christmas. The Action for Kids video of Wham’s Last Christmas also played, highlighting the great work the charity does helping children and young people with physical and learning disabilities across theUK. The first part of the programme was rounded off with a lovely duet from Ms Becca Roberts and Ian Chambers performing You Raise Me Up.
During the interval helpings of mulled wine and mince pies were cheerfully dispensed by IGN’s volunteer team of happy Christmas helper elves, whetting anticipation for the sponsored solos in the second half of the programme.
Rob Cooper sang a very elegant version of In the Bleak Midwinter, Ian Livingstone a hearty rendition of White Christmas, while Keith Ramsdale gave a fine performance of Beyond The Sea. Director Ian Chambers returned again to round off the section with The Christmas Song.
The choir came back together for a jovial We Wish You a Merry Christmas and after a fine evening’s entertainment, both choir and audience joined in a soaring version ofJerusalemto bring a rousing end to proceedings, before dispersing happily into the night bearing the broadest of smiles.
As well as a thoroughly enjoyable evening showcasing some of the previously hidden but extremely talented vocalists and musicians from the games industry, Games on Song went on to exceed all its original targets and raised over £12,000 for its supported charities on the night.
The Games on Song Choir
Directed by Ian Chambers
Piano – David Frankel
Vicky Baker (Superhero) Phil Brannelly (Thumbstar Games), Katie Brooks (Bethesda), John Clark (Sega), Rob Cooper (Ubisoft), Sophie Cristobal (Localisation Consultant), Alan Dykes (Ubisoft), Bruce Grove (OnLive), Harry Holmwood (Marvelous), Rich Keen (IGN), Ian Livingstone (Eidos), Paul Marcantonio (ClickandBuy), Chris Marcus (Ubisoft), Tracey McGarrigan (Sci-Fi-London), Pete Oliver (Sega), Andy Payne (Mastertronic), Kirsty Payne (Rocket Media), Keith Ramsdale (Electronic Arts), Becca Roberts (Indigo Pearl), Charlotte Simmons (PR Consultant), Jo Twist (UKIE) and Ombeline Wallon (Ubisoft)
Special thanks to the Games On Song sponsors: EA, Sega, Ubisoft, OnLive, Mastertronic, IGN, Liquid Crimson, NJ Live, and Fink Creative