25 Singsongs before Christmas

Christmas Musical Advent Calendar supporting charities

My Special Event has the pleasure of being involved with this wonderful event. Organised by Joanna Polley, who is Zoe Pniewski’s cousin, this virtual musical calendar is bringing festive joy as well as donations to local charities.

Musical Advent Calendar – A surprise behind every door in December!

Christmas Advent Calendar

Musical Advent Calendar – How does it work?

This event is an online, virtual event and it works by the organiser posting a video or an audio clip of a song each day with a festive feel. Each song has been performed either by the host, her family or friends and the idea is to share these videos for enjoyment but also to raise awareness of the charities they are supporting.

Each charity has a personal connection to the host, Joanna Polley. Jo’s father and Zoe’s uncle passed away of Pancreatic Cancer in December 2017. This was unexpected as he was only diagnosed in October of that year and the family lost him on Boxing Day 2017. All the charities chosen for this online event have supported Joanna and her family during and after her dads battle with cancer. The charities are: St Barnabas House, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK

St Barnabas House Hospice plays an important role in a family’s life when someone dear to them needs palliative care in their final moments. They are a local charity to the host who has been of great comfort during those difficult moments. They provide care for adults fighting a long term illness and like many charities have been affected by this ongoing pandemic.

Pancreatic Cancer UK is a non profit organisation providing support and information for patients and their families affected by Pancreatic Cancer. This charity need help and funding to continue their amazing work and raising awareness about the condition and the impact it has on the lives it affects.

Cancer Research UK is one charity Zoe Pniewski of My Special Event has had previously dealings with. After supporting them back in 2017 herself raising money through two events “Pixels against Cancer” and the “Great Stand Up to Cancer “ she is happy to continue to support this charity through this event. Cancer Research UK do outstanding work providing support, comfort and guidance for those affected by all forms of cancer. There work is ongoing and like the other charities need continued support especially at this time during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Video and Audio Clips are posted via Facebook on the event page daily and people are encouraged to share the posts and if they can donate to 1, 2 or even all 3 of the chosen charities. The songs are all different and they have been performed in guidance with strict Covid rules and were filmed at various points by people with different skills and levels of performance. The aim is to have fun, spread a bit of joy as well as raising money.

Day 1 started off with a video posted by the host Joanna. Like Zoe, Joanna has a musical background and has performed a number of times with various groups and choirs and has now even set up her own Facebook Page as Jo Polley – The “Unlocked Singer”

Keeping it in the Family!

Day 2 was the turn of Zoe Pniewski, Joanna’s cousin and owner of My Special Event. Zoe is singing with her mum Yvonne. The chosen song was “The Christmas Song” aka “Chestnuts Roasting..” made famous by a mixture of people including Natalie Cole and Michael Bublé.

This song is sung as a duet and Zoe and her mum have sung on a number of occasions with amateur musical theatre groups including COS Musical Theatre and Bros Musical Productions, and as a duo called “Generations” performing at many social events.

Zoe and Yvonne also opened Zoe’s Charity concert Purrfest back in 2013 for The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre. Zoe and Yvonne in the past have also been part of “Songbirds” choir and Rock Choir. They have always have a passion to sing and have never sung a Christmas song together let alone record one so they couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to help with this event.

If the pandemic hadn’t of stopped events, Zoe and Yvonne were due to perform at “Music for Minds” which was a charity concert in August 2020 to raise money for Sage House and their work for people with Dementia.

Here is their Christmas Song…

If you would like to see the whole video then please click on the link…..


Vocals: Zoe Pniewski and Yvonne Edwards

Video : Joanna Polley

How can My Special Event help if I want to organise a similar event?

Events at this present time of writing are limited and most people are deciding to host them online and this is something My Special Event can help with. If you would like to host your own virtual event , which can be anything from a Christmas Quiz, to a Christmas Fundraising page or anything, normally which involves a charity fundraiser, then contact Zoe Pniewski of My Special Event and she can give you a Free Online consultation to discuss your ideas.

You can get in touch with Zoe from My Special Event the following ways:

Email: info@myspecialevent.co.uk

Telephone: 07587158999 or 01243 829592

or, alternatively visit the website www.myspecialevent.co.uk and use the contact form and Zoe will contact you

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There is no set time limit for organising your event, it doesn’t have to be this year or even 2021. We understand at My Special Event that a lot of people , even when events can take place will be nervous so there is no rush. My Special Event will be with you every step of the way to discuss your plans and organise, when the time is right your event so it is “special” for you at a time that suit yous.

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