The stars shine brightly at Brendoncare’s annual Christmas concert

Written by: Alison Reijman Published: December 22, 2023

It was a starry night at Winchester College’s magnificent Chapel where Brendoncare held its annual Christmas concert on Sunday 17th December.

We were thrilled that distinguished composer and conductor John Rutter CBE returned for a second year to lead this special concert entitled All The Stars Looked Down.

Performing at the concert was choir Winchester Consort with organist George Castle. The soloists were Isabella Rakowicz from Winchester Cathedral Girls’ Choir and her brother, Thomas Rakowicz, from Winchester College Quiristers.

The magical music included popular Christmas carols like O come, all ye faithful, plus more traditional carols such as In dulci jubilo.

The two soloists sang John Rutter’s compositions Angels’ Carol and The colours of Christmas. Winchester Consort also sang John Rutter’s All the stars looked down. Looking ahead to 2024, they performed his composition, New Year, originally written to celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Queen Elizabeth.


Among the comments received afterwards were: “Just back from a magical Brendoncare Christmas concert. The choir and the solo singers were absolutely amazing.”

Another said: “What a fabulous concert – so beautiful. The choir was wonderful and the soloists outstanding. I brought a friend with me and she said she had not expected it to be so moving.”

Brendoncare would like to express its gratitude to John Rutter and all the singers and musicians who made it such a special evening. We would also like to thank our team members who volunteered their help in a variety of roles, from checking tickets to acting as guides. Brendoncare would also like to thank Novacyt for being its corporate partner for the concert.