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Sisters Juliet Grace and Alice Beadle get ready to support international superstars Biddu and Liane Carroll in the Calcutta Rescue Christmas concert this Sunday.

Music from around the world

Liane Carroll

Jazz legend Liane Carroll is one of a group of local musicians who are performing as part of an international concert this Sunday. Hastings-based composer and musician Frank Moon and talented sisters Alice and Juliet Beadle from St Leonards are also among 30 artists from seven countries performing in the Christmas Joy online concert for the Calcutta Rescue charity. 

After an incredibly challenging year, the online concert is a way of saying thank you for all the support the charity has received this year as it battled to provide medical care, education and food to thousands of people living in 20 slums in Kolkata, India, during the Covid crisis.

It is being organised by Sean Duggan, who lives in St Leonards. Frank, Alice and Juliet all took part in a global 10 km sponsored walk for Calcutta Rescue’s Covid relief efforts, walking from Pett Level to Hastings in July.

Sean, who has never organised a concert before, said it was also a way of bringing a little comfort and joy into the lives of  people around the globe, many of whom will not be able to see friends of family over the festive season.

He said: “It has been such a hard year for everyone and this was a way we could bring people together to listen to an incredible variety of amazing music. I was really delighted, and touched, that so many talented musicians offered to take part.”

The performers come from countries as diverse as Hawaii and 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 the song Kung Fu Fighting, and hit after hit around the world for many decades.

Christmas Joy will be broadcast live from Kolkata on Sunday, December 13 starting at 2pm. You can watch it live on YouTube or Facebook.
You can also watch it afterwards on Facebook and on Calcutta Rescue’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about Calcutta Rescue at www.calcuttarescuefund.org.uk .

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Posted 15:52 Monday, Dec 7, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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