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Southwell Minster to host Christmas music and drama

There is a host of festive events at Southwell Minster over the coming weeks to help people into the Christmas spirit, including drama to music.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings to life the Charles Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Carol on Saturday.

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realise the true meaning of Christmas.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company production of A Christmas Carol.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company production of A Christmas Carol.

Dickens’ ghost story is told with beautiful period costume, song, dance and an original musical score.

Southwell Minster Choir Association’s annual performance of Handel’s much-loved Messiah is on Tuesday (December 5).

As well as Southwell Minster Chorale, Minster School students, and The Musical & Amicable Society, it will feature the soloists Rebecca Hardwick (soprano) Matthew Farrell (countertenor) Philippe Durant (tenor) and Malachy Frame (bass).

The annual Framework carol service is on Friday, December 8, followed by Carols For Everyone the next day.

Organised by Southwell Lions, it will feature Southwell Orchestral Society and Southwell Choral Society, with special guests Holy Trinity Infants Choir and Southwell U3A Recorder Group.

The Friday Lunchtime Concert, on December 15, will also have a festive feel with a performance by the Southwell Minster choristers of music, poetry and popular tunes.

The minster choir will also sing alongside the Bold As Brass octet in The Magic Of Christmas on Saturday, December 16, which will include carol singing, music from John Rutter, and well-known Christmas favourites.

The next day will see assistant director of music Jonathan Allsopp give his annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur.

Southwell Festival Voices will perform in A Christmas Celebration at Southwell Minster.
Southwell Festival Voices will perform in A Christmas Celebration at Southwell Minster.

And on Monday, December 18, there is Southwell Music Festival’s Christmas Celebration, which promises an intimate evening of carols, poetry and music, including performances by Southwell Festival Voices.

Finally, ahead of the minster carol services, is Buble Christmas by Candlelight on Wednesday, December 20.

Featuring a live big band and a Michael Bublé tribute act, it will include his best-loved hits, such as White Christmas, Santa Baby, Holly Jolly Christmas, and All I Want For Christmas Is You.

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