Four local musicians brought Christmas joy into the lives of people around the world on Sunday when they appeared in an online concert organised from St Leonards.

Jazz maestro Liane Carroll, global music specialist Frank Moon, and multi-talented sisters Alice and Juliet Beadle were among 30 artists who performed for free in the Christmas Joy concert for charity Calcutta Rescue. 

Liane Carroll

The concert was organised by Sean Duggan to thank everyone for supporting the charity’s battle to provide medical care, education and food to thousands of people living in 20 slums of Kolkata, India, (one called Hastings) who have been so badly hit by the Covid crisis.

Alice and Juliet Beadle

In fact it all started as a thank you to everyone who took part in a global 10km sponsored walk for the charity’s Covid-relief efforts in July – including Frank, Alice and Juliet who walked from Pett Level to Hastings in the rain. Between them all they managed to raise an amazing £220,000.

Sean, who has never organised a concert before, says he was hoping to sprinkle a little bit of global happiness, bringing people together when so many are unable to see friends or family over the festive season. “It’s been such a hard year for everyone,” says Sean. “And this was a way we could connect people, listening to an incredible variety of amazing music. I was really delighted, and touched, that so many talented musicians offered to take part.”

Frank Moon

The artists involved come from seven countries, from Hawaii to Switzerland, and the musical styles range from traditional carols, to urban folk, from jazz to Bollywood. There are a number of top Indian performers, including Biddu, the legendary music producer and singer-songwriter behind hit after hit around the world for many decades, including the song Kung Fu Fighting.

You can watch Christmas Joy now on Facebook.

Find out more about the charity at www.calcuttarescuefund.org.uk


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