“COME INDIA SING A CHRISTMAS CAROL” : Conduent presented “A Musical Evening Celebrating Christmas”, a concert conceptualised and implemented by the Lorraine Music Academy in aid of LAMP Trust. The spirit of Christmas filled the air on 16th December at the Kingdom of Dreams. A house full Showshaa auditorium was glittering and vibrating with the yuletide spirit and song. It seemed like heaven’s angels came down to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ ~ 2,000 years ago with people of Gurugram. It seemed like the angels were calling, “Come India Sing A Christmas Carol”!

There were a total of 100 students from Gurugram schools including Lorraine Music Academy, Pathways World School and Jyestha School. Children aged 4 to 18 years sang carols dating from the 16th Century in both traditional and modern styles.

Mike Manlun opened the evening with the instrumental solo performance of “Joy To The World” on the Guitar and the audience loved it. Mike Manlun is a highly talented professional guitarist and teacher. He composes, improvises, performs and puts together music.

The next song set the mood for the evening with 50 students of Lorraine Music Academy singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” in A Capella style. The next carol was “Carol of the Bells”, sung by young children from the Lorraine Music Academy in four different voices – soprano, alto, tenor & bass – and two beat boxers.

The Lorraine Music Academy band took over with Carols in Rock and Pop style. They played “O Holy Night”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Carol of the Bells” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”.

The Christmas story was told in song with the Pop song “Hallelujah” (Christmas version). This was sung by Anika Bhatnagar and Naisha Mohanty accompanied by the band.

Gifts & impromptu prizes were given away by our Musical Santa to those who played on the spot whatever piece Lorraine asked them to. These included 4 years old Veer Singh Randhawa for playing a one line of “Jingle Bells”, 6 years old Joshua A. Hughe & Jordan A. Hughe for playing together 2 lines of “Jingle Bells”, 7 years old Aarav Koul for playing “Frosty The Snowman”, Advay Chawla for playing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, Shashwat Joglekar for playing a beautiful minor version of “Jingle Bells”, and Tara Gogoi for playing “Jingle Bells”.

A group of 20 senior school students of Pathways World School performed a lively “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland” conducted well by Adel Sahnoun.

The famous Christmas Carol “Twelve Days of Christmas” was rendered with much gusto and style by the students of Lorraine Music Academy. There was a special dance performance by students of Jyestha, who danced to the music of “The Merry Christmas Polka”. These children study at the school run on the roadside and have never seen an auditorium before this. It was a truly a great exposure and an inspiring time for them.

The students of Lorraine Music Academy sang “A Million Dreams” in keeping with the vision of the Nation Building Project INDIA DREAMS 2047, which is an initiative of the LAMP Trust. The children also sang the song “Indian Dream”, composed by the children of Lorraine Music Academy.

The audience participated wholeheartedly during the event. Santa Claus moved around the auditorium, encouraging children to come, sing and play Christmas Carols. Santa Claus also gave away many gifts, sweets and prizes to the children.

The grand finale of the event was a sing-along carol session led by Lorraine Fiona Aloysius and the audience belting out Christmas carols with joy. Many Christmas prizes were given out to the people in the audience who came on to the stage to sing boldly. These prizes were courtesy “Anthea”. The concert was gifted to the community by “Conduent”. It was truly a Musical Christmas Celebration brimming with true community spirit of sharing and giving.

By singing Christmas Carols we wish to spread the message of love, joy, peace and community living across India. The whole spirit of Christmas is that of coming together, sharing, caring, giving, loving and forgiving.

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