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Christmas From Afar - Irish artist organises global Christmas concert for those away from home

By Sarah Finnan

December 17, 2020 at 12:05pm

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear and that is exactly what the Citizens of Song - Christmas From Afar concert is encouraging people to do. Organised by Wicklow singer Rebecca Wincksworth, the concert aims to unite people around the world through song.

Christmas can be a tough time for all those spending time away from loved ones, all the more this year after the rollercoaster few months the world has collectively lived through. Hoping to give people something they can celebrate together - from afar - Irish singer Rebecca Winckworth has organised a global Christmas carol service with 25 international acts and 400 performers including our very own Chris De Burgh.

Making international headlines back during the height of lockdown, Rebecca - who was living in Medellín, Colombia at the time - began the nightly tradition of singing a song for her neighbours from her balcony. Realising the power of music in spreading joy, she decided to recreate the magic by staging her own global concert.

Enlisting the help of musicians across the globe, Christmas From Afar will feature performances from countries including the USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Korea and India to name but a few. Performing all of the festive favourites, listeners can expect the likes of Silent Night to Ave Maria, Amazing Grace and This Christmas.

A 'pay what you can' concert, the show will be broadcast twice in order to accommodate viewers in all parts of the world - the first showing for the Americas, Europe and Africa, the second for Asia and Oceania. Viewers hoping to catch the action in Ireland can do so by tuning in December 19th at 8pm.

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