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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Evening Mail Christmas Carol service 2009

MALE voice quartet, Voce, rounded off a terrific Christmas carol service.

Now in its 11th year, the Evening Mail Christmas carol service – which started in 1998 to mark the paper’s centenary – got everyone in the Christmas spirit as more than 600 people enjoyed terrific performances from the church choir, children of St James’ School and Barrow’s answer to Il Divo – Voce.

The carol service was held on Thursday night at St James’ Church in Barrow.

The church choir began the evening with Once in Royal David’s City as they made their way to the front of the church, followed by Evening Mail editor Jonathan Lee who read from the book of Genesis.

Everyone rose for O’ Little Town of Bethlehem followed by Away In A Manger as the carols continued.

Children from St James’ School in Barrow also led several star performances.

Just before Reverend Stuart Evason delivered his final prayer and blessing, Voce blew the audience away with terrific versions of Because We Believe and O Holy Night.

Mike and Sheila Burns, of Brighton Street, Barrow, really enjoyed the evening. Mrs Burns said: “The highlight for me was Voce, they were fantastic.

“The whole service was superb. There was a lovely atmosphere at the end. It brings about the Christmas spirit. It just shows the true meaning of Christmas.”

Evening Mail newspaper sales and marketing manager, Lyndsay Aspin, said: “It was great to see the church packed out. Voce were superb, the children were as brilliant as usual and the choir sang beautifully.”

Voce, consisting of Iain Nicholson, Phil McIntosh, Chris Warby and Mark Johnson, felt the carol service was a big success and were quick to applaud the efforts of the children from St James’ School.

Phil McIntosh said: “For us, it’s an honour to do services like this. I thought the children were brilliant.”

Iain Nicholson said: “The church is acoustically beautiful for us to play in. It’s a wonderful time of year and this is our chance to give something back to the community.”

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