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Candlelight Christmas carols in Paphos

By Bejay Browne

A CANDLELIGHT carol singing event will be held in Kato Paphos on Wednesday, and organisers are hoping to attract even more participants than last year.

The singing is being led by soprano and Paphos resident, Judith Evans Davies, who said that around 300 people took part last year.

“We started the carol singing at the harbour about six years ago and it’s now become an annual event. It’s something lovely for Paphos and everyone gets so much enjoyment out of it,” she said.

She added that it’s a chance for local churches and the public to come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

“Hundreds of people will gather with song sheets and candles to join in the experience and the true meaning of Christmas. I know there are many people that say that the birth of Jesus occurred at another time of year, but this is when we choose to celebrate it, and it’s a wonderful and uplifting experience.”

Evans Davies, originally from Wales, is a classically trained singer and has performed at many events both large and small, in Cyprus and abroad. She made her debut performance in the Welsh National Opera “Madame Butterfly”.

The acclaimed singer will also be performing solo pieces, such as Oh Holy Night.

“The carol singing will last around an hour and everyone is welcome, especially families. We will also be handing around sweets for the children,” she said.

A professional pianist and guitarist will accompany the carols. Song sheets will be provided, so there’s no excuse for people not to join in, she said.

“There will also be candles, but it would be good for people to bring their own in case we run out.”

The participants will sing along to traditional favourites such as, Silent Night, O come all ye faithful, and Hark! the Herald angels.

Evans Davies said that the event was started by the local PCFI church, (Paphos Christian Fellowship International), along with the NTC (New Testament Community Church), and Calvary Chapel Paphos, a number of years ago, with the idea of ‘getting into the spirit of Christmas.’

The event will take place on Wednesday December 23rd at 6.30pm close- to the bus station at the harbour, just in front of the sea on the promenade and opposite the Harbour Café.

“Every year they have allowed us to use their electricity and we want to thank them for that. Every year more people hear about what we’re doing and we hope even more people will join us this year.”













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