We are delighted to inform you that this year Devonshire Square is partnering with The Connection, a charity that helps homeless people in London, to celebrate the spirit of giving. Our Western Courtyard is hosting a Christmas Wishing Tree entirely decorated with paper hearts on which the Devonshire Square Customer Experience Team have carefully transcribed all wishes expresses by the homeless guests of The Connection Charity Centre, to give their wishes the chance of being read and honoured by someone. The gifts that the homeless would love to receive are all basic items such as clothes, shoes, socks, blankets, simple household stuff for those who have been recently housed and new toiletries. If you wish to join Devonshire Square in supporting this great cause and make the less fortunate happy, you can bring your gifts to the DSQ Receptions. All collected items will be delivered to The Connection Charity on 22nd December. We are also happy to promote on our social media platforms any organization/company that is donating for this cause. The charity event will be supported by a month long programme of music from a talented array of bands, with performances by Abraxas Ensemble, Tenori ( with internationally acclaimed tenors Alexander Grove, Nicholas Ransley and John Hudson), the Enchorus Gospel Choir, Joglaresa, the High Society Brass Band and Sammie Jay. Please see below the full programme of the Love Christmas Festival: Festival programme: Tuesday 1st December: 12pm: The Christmas lights will be turned on at 12 noon and the Christmas Wishes Tree will be on display in the Western Courtyard. 12.30pm: The Abraxas Ensemble, the exceptionally talented quintet of violinists who wowed the crowd at this year’s Chelsea flower show, will be opening the Festival with a very special Christmas performance. Thursday 3rd December: 12.30pm: The Enchorus Gospel Choir, the successful London-based gospel choir, will offer the Devonshire Square community a performance that includes songs executed acapella and others with music accompaniment. Already having achieved major success including performing in Sam Smith’s Grammy Award winning single “Stay With Me” and performing during the live semi-finals of ITV’s The X Factor, they will be showcasing their own gospel twist on some festive favourites. Wednesday 9th December 12.:30pm: Devonshire Square will be hosting a 45 minutes concert by Joglaresa, one of UK’s best Medieval music groups and definitely the most rebellious medieval ensemble. With harp, fidel, percussion, bagpipes and voices, they perform songs that challenge the supreme authority of Kings, criticise the Roman Curia and highlight the lives, loves imprisonment and taxation of ordinary folks at the time of the Great Charter. Joglaresa’s tour has been founded by the Arts Council and includes a concert at this year’s Spitalfield Music Winter Festival http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/whats-on/winter-festival-2015/ . Thursday 10th December: 12.30pm: The High Society Brass Band, part of an 80 piece marching band, will be clad in their best Christmas jumpers to perform a fabulous festive repertoire that includes the most popular classical, pop and jazz hits. Monday 14th December: 6pm: The Constanza Chorus, a City based choral society, will be offering the Devonshire Square community a Christmas Carol singing concert to raise money for the Help Musicians UK charity. Their official website is: www.constanzachorus.co.uk. Tuesday 15th December: 12.30 pm: Tenori, the extraordinary talented trio of internationally acclaimed Opera singers will treat the Devonshire Square community to a unique, breath-taking act. The tenors performing at this lunchtime event are Alexander Grove, Nicholas Ransley and John Hudson. Tuesday 22nd December: 12.30pm: Floating candles will be lit and released on the Western Courtyard fountain for each wish that has been honoured and the presents donated by the community will be sent to the Connection Charity. Singer and song-writer Sammie Jay, a very talented rising star, will enchant the audience with her sweet and yet powerful, melodic voice. You are all warmly invited to attend the events. If you wish to have more information or if you have a query, please contact the Devonshire Square Front Desk on firstname.lastname@example.org and our Customer Experience Team will be delighted to assist you. Wishing you all a joyful festive time.