Carols and other traditional Christmas songs can stir feelings of the warmest nostalgia in people. Hearing a well-sung carol brings out the spirit of goodwill in people.
Getting Started – The Tune-Up
The first step in organising some charity carol-singing is to recruit your singers.
Email all your friends, family and workmates, put a poster up at work or find singers by word of mouth. If you get a lot of responses, you may want to hold fun, informal auditions to help you decide who should sing solo parts!
The more you practise, the more professional your performance will sound and the more money you will raise. Get together at least once or twice a week a few weeks before the event to rehearse all the songs you plan to sing.
Where to Sing
Sports events, markets and train stations are examples of good choices of venue, but if you want to use any private property, you must get permission from the owner.
Once you’ve got a venue and a date, publicise your singing event with posters in and around the venue and ask the participants to let all their friends and family know about it.
As you may be standing still for some time, you may want to take flasks of tea and coffee. Warm clothing is essential. If you’re singing for a big charity, it may be able to provide you with sashes with its name on it to wear during the performance.
Finally, make sure your collection bucket is clearly visible and has your chosen charity’s name on it. That’s what you’re there for!