A MIX of Christmas music and popular songs will bring some seasonal cheer to Barnard Castle – and help raise funds for specialist equipment to complete the Witham Hall redevelopment project.

The Witham and all-female vocal group Concordia are joining forces for the ever popular candle light music night.

The concert, on Friday, December 21, at The Parish Hall, Newgate, is the first of several fundraising events during the coming months to help pay for the finishing touches to the new-look Witham Hall.

While £3m is currently being spent on rebuilding and refurbishing the landmark hall, an appeal for a further £350,000 to pay for fixtures, fittings and specialist equipment was launched in October.

As well as Concordia, Friday's concert will feature the groups Carillon and No Added Sugar.

There will be the chance for the audience to join in, with song sheets provided, plus complimentary mulled wine and a mince pie.

Jane Ford, singer. teacher and leader of Concordia, said: “We love getting together to sing at Christmas and it rounds off our year of performing.

“We will be singing a wide range of well known and not so well known material and lots of popular classics for everyone to join in with.

“This year, we are also putting our voices behind the campaign to raise money to complete the Witham redevelopment project so we hope friends and supporters of ourselves and the hall will all come along – it’s usually a sell-out event. Our Christmas music CD will also be on sale."

Tickets are available from Woodleigh, Flatts Road, Barnard Castle, and are £8 for adults and £6 for OAPs, including a voluntary donation, and £4 for children.

Tickets can be reserved for collection in advance by calling 01833 631107.

The next Witham Hall fundraiser will be a Folk for Funds night at the Parish Hall on February 16.