The critically acclaimed classical music trio, the Korros Ensemble, whose work in the music industry has been largely decimated by COVID-19 will broadcast an online Christmas Concert and prize draw in aid of Barnardo’s children’s charity next month via TicketCo TV.

The musicians have experienced a year like no other as restrictions imposed by the UK Government severely impacted their work and way of life. But they have turned the challenging era for the performing arts sector into a positive.

Next month the ensemble will present an hour-long festive concert from a renovated old chapel in the Berkshire village of West Ilsley that has been appropriately adorned in atmospheric yuletide decorations suitable for a unique stay-at-home classical music experience. The concert will be pre-recorded and available on-demand online from 7pm on Thursday, December 17.

Comprising the beautiful and unusual combination of flute (Eliza Marshall), clarinet (Nick Ellis) and harp (Camilla Pay), the Korros Ensemble has been wowing audiences since its formation in 2001 during the musicians’ studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In recent years, the group has collaborated with Ballet Rambert and Pineapple Dance Studios and individually performed with major artists such as Elton John, Beyoncé, and Andrea Bocelli.

The concert will be presented by former Royal harpist Catrin Finch, and BBC RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Divina De Campo will add some festive fun to the event by making a cameo guest appearance.

The charitable concert has been made possible thanks to the Korros Ensemble’s decision to partner with streaming company TicketCo TV. Tickets will be released soon for the HD-quality online broadcast.

Clarinettist Nick Ellis said: “Like so many others, 2020 has presented a whirlwind of emotions and it is been great to focus on a positive venture. We are thrilled to present this year’s Nut-Cracking Christmas Concert in aid of Barnardo’s.”

The ensemble’s flautist Eliza Marshall, who also has the flute chair in Disney’s West End Hit ‘The Lion King’ said: “We’re not the type to sit and watch the world go by, so when the opportunity came around to host an event at a time where live music events are so few and far between, we simply could not refuse.”

Harpist Camilla Pay added: “Korros Ensemble’s passion and love for music will easily translate into the homes of our viewers and we look forward to welcoming as many people possible to our on-demand virtual event. It’s our first time using TicketCo TV’s multi-purpose broadcasting platform and we have been impressed by the company’s modern approach to broadcasting and selling tickets which makes our job of delivering a memorable show much easier.”

Joe Edwards, global key account manager at TicketCo said: “It is great to partner with such an innovative group who are using modern technology in such a refreshing way to help Barnardo’s. We are looking forward to working with the team to deliver a successful online concert via video-on-demand.”

Barnardo’s supports hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents, and carers through its services across the UK.

Devia Gurjar, director of brand, marketing, and fundraising at Barnardo’s, said: “The vulnerable children Barnardo’s supports need us now more than ever.

“As we enter a challenging winter season, many more families are falling into poverty and the pandemic is wreaking havoc on children’s mental health and increasing their risk of harm at home, online, and in the community.

“All this means too many children and young people will be deprived of the chance to enjoy the festive season. With the help of this prize draw held by the Korros Ensemble, we can raise vital funds to support vulnerable children through this crisis and beyond.”

Book tickets here for Korros’ Nut-Cracking Christmas Concert and Prize Draw in aid of Barnardo’s.