The Royal Theatrical Fund, which is one of the country’s oldest show business charities, is holding its annual Christmas festival of music and readings at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden – the actors’ church – on Tuesday 30 November beginning at 6.30pm. Lesley Garrett and Simon Williams head the list of performers which includes the Cavendish Singers under their conductor Manvinder Rattan.

Tickets cost £15.00 each and include mulled wine and mince pies after the concert which will end around 8pm. This is the latest in a series of fund-raising events which the Fund has held this year. The he Denham Village Fayre in May raised £2,500, a fashion show and luncheon in Amersham held in June raised over $6.400 and the October charity performance of Onassis raised over £4,000.

Three five-card packs, each of one design, of Christmas cards are available at £5.00 per pack.Two of the designs feature the Fund’s founder Charles Dickens. And, for the first time, there is also a calendar – A3 sized with pictures of and comments by past and present board members – for £9.99. The Royal Theatrical Fund’s address is 11 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AR. The website is www.trtf.com. Cheques should be made payable to the Fund; debit or credit card payments can be made by telephone – 020 7836 3322.