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Emma Bishton

Musical Advent Calendar

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In normal times, musicians of all ages and styles would be celebrating Christmas through joyful music-making together. People everywhere would be planning, participating in, and enjoying fundraising events of all sorts, for countless causes, none of which is possible right now. [/p][p]In a mad moment, standing in the queue outside our local post-office during early November and looking at the calendars on display, it occurred to me to make an alternative for this strangely silent year, when we cannot make music together in real time: an online Musical Advent Calendar! [/p][p][br][/p][p]Constructed (in a hurry!) with the help of many friends and family, it contains 24 short musical items on a YouTube playlist, from which a new one will be released each day from 1st to 24th December. Some may be familiar, some less so, but each is seasonal in its way. Once released, items will stay available on the playlist and via my Facebook page.[/p][p]I've chosen charities which I became aware of through my work running singing groups for people who are blind or visually impaired (Unscene Suffolk) or who have Parkinson's (Sing to Beat Parkinson's Colchester Singing Group). I know of the vital support and services that Guide Dogs and Parkinson's UK offer. (Just to be clear, these national charities do not fund my singing groups.) The third charity, ADD International, I chose because the need for specialist services and advocacy for disabled people is global. If you would like to find out more about what these charities do, please click on the links below.[/p][p]Please click on the video above to visit the Musical Advent Calendar. A new track will appear each day, and (just as with a traditional advent calendar), you will be able to view all the previously-opened items as often as you wish! You can donate at any time up to January 6th, 2021.[/p][p]Thank you![/p]

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Jan 9, 2021


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Dec 28, 2020


Really enjoyed the advent calendar, keep up the good work.

£150.00 plus £37.50 Gift Aid

Dec 28, 2020

Karen and Richard

Well done Emma. A lot of hard work but it gave a lot of enjoyment.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Dec 24, 2020


Great idea, Happy Christmas.


Dec 24, 2020

Sally B

Beautiful music to see us through Advent. Thank you. Xx

£24.00 plus £6.00 Gift Aid

Dec 23, 2020

Gillian and Richard

We’ve enjoyed our December coffee time musical diversion. Such a lot of work. Thank you.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Dec 22, 2020


Brilliant Emma. Loving the advent calendar


Dec 22, 2020

Helen W

Loving your fabulous festivamente!


Dec 21, 2020


Well done for having this lovely idea and carrying it through so beautifully. Thank you! x

Dec 20, 2020


Beautiful. You are inspirational, Emma. Thank you. xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid