Carol singers raise the roof at Kings Theatre concert

The Salvation Army Choir perform a Christmas Calypson at The Kings Theatre.''PICTURE: Laura Hegarty
The Salvation Army Choir perform a Christmas Calypson at The Kings Theatre.''PICTURE: Laura Hegarty

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NOTHING says Christmas like the Salvation Army band playing carols – especially when they’re played in the Kings Theatre.

This year the Southsea branch of The Salvation Army put on Carols at the Kings, helped by the St John’s College school choir.

The Kings Theatre stage was also the backdrop for the nativity, this year performed by children from Portsmouth High School Nursery.

The whole event was compered by Russell Rook, who is heavily involved with The Salvation Army in south London.

The event itself raised money for the Elizabeth Foundation, and its work with pre-school deaf children and their parents.

John Burton, from the Salvation Army, said: ‘We had a full house and people seemed very enthusiastic and responded extremely well to our programme.’

Mr Burton said one of the highlights of the evening had been the nativity, as well as younger members of The Salvation Army performing a Calypso Carol, which was a percussion-only carol.

Mr Burton added: ‘That was really very well received.’

And he said: ‘The St John’s College junior school choir were absolutely excellent, and the nativity, performed by the high school’s nursery, was really very popular. ’

In total the event is believed to have raised around £1,800 for the Elizabeth Foundation.

The Salvation Army’s Carols at the Kings is an annual event.