An Ulverston musician is set to stand alongside Sir Rod Stewart and Nile Rodgers in a festive fundraising event.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam is joining the line up for Nordoff Robbins Christmas Carols event next month.

Nordoff Robbins is the UK’s largest music therapy charity.

The annual Christmas concert will take place in person this year, starring Sir Rod Stewart – plus a special online extravaganza hosted by Nile Rodgers.

Taking place at 7pm on December 14 at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, the return of the Nordoff Robbins Carol Service will see Christmas carols sung by some of the music industry’s most celebrated artists, from music giants to up-and-coming young talent.

The evening will also feature a host of celebrities giving festive readings.

Jess Gillam said: "I passionately believe in the power of music to connect and bring people together.

"Music carries in its very essence a sense of understanding and empathy which can make a real and positive impact on people’s lives.

"This is why I think Nordoff Robbins’ work is so important."

The charity’s trained music therapists work with children and adults affected by life-limiting illness such as dementia, learning disabilities including autism, physical disability and mental health issues.

Jess added: "I’m really looking forward to celebrating the fantastic work they do through a night of festive music-making while also raising money to help the charity continue using the power of music to enrich the lives of people across the UK.

"It's an honour to join such an esteemed lineup of performers to support this incredible charity."

In 2020, despite the pandemic, Nordoff Robbins’ music therapists helped the lives of 5,782 individuals throughout the year and the charity aims to increase this number in 2022.

Those who can’t attend the church can watch The Stars Come Out To Sing At Christmas 2021, hosted by Nile Rodgers.

The free-to-view streamed concert will feature carols and readings from St Luke’s Church along with exclusive additional performances from stars around the world, which fans can access at 7pm on December 19.

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