KRIS ME KATE
When it comes to Christmas cheer, just try finding someone more cheerful than Kate Ceberano. The Carols by Candlelight performer spoke with Guy Davis.
are very much a who’s who on the local entertainment industry.
And as befits someone of her great talent and high standing in the business, Ceberano is something of a regular when Christmas time comes around.
“ I’ve sung carols several times in both Melbourne and Sydney, appearing on both networks,” she said. “ You kind of get handed back and forth, but they’re both really lovely events. And they have different energies because the two cities are very different.”
Quite frankly, though, Ceberano is happy singing Christmas carols anywhere. “ I’m totally impartial as to whether it’s Melbourne or Sydney – I just like Christmas,” she said. “ I get carried away with all things Christmas, so I’m a bit of a mess. A bit of a Christmas tragic, really.”
This year, Melbourne’s the lucky city, with Ceberano joining an all-star line-up on the Nine Network’s Christmas Eve celebration Carols by Candlelight. The event is hosted by Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, with Ricki-Lee, Rhonda Burchmore, Julie Goodwin, Humphrey B. Bear and the casts of Hairspray and Mary Poppins ( to name just a few) chiming in with a little Christmas cheer.
While undeniably a fan of the season’s songs – she has released an album appropriately titled Merry Christmas – Ceberano admits that the more traditional carols aren’t her first choice, which actually works out well given that performers can get a bit selective around this time of year.
“ Oh my gosh, the fur and tinsel starts to fly!” she said. “ There are, of course, the better known carols and songs that everyone is vying for, such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas or White Christmas.
“ But I kind of run along the outside, trying to get my hands on Santa Baby or Jingle Bell Rock – give me the kitsch ones!”
But while her taste in tunes runs to the slightly off-centre, Ceberano is quick to point out that her performance will be strictly traditional, in keeping with the feel of the event.
“ I don’t think Carols by Candlelight is the time or the place to get too wacky,” she said. “ It’s the one thing that is kind of the same, year in, year out. And there’s something very reassuring about that. I don’t think Christmas carols should be oversung either, which makes me really old-fashioned. With carols you’re inviting people to join in, so if you’re too ambitious with your singing it kind of spoils the mood.”
So expect the tremendous voice of Kate Ceberano to help you ring in a little Christmas cheer. But don’t expect this “ Christmas tragic” to reveal just what she’ll be performing until the night. It just wouldn’t be right to do so … why, it’d be like opening your presents on Christmas Eve.
“ Are you kidding? Are you crazy? That’s blasphemy! You can’t do that!” she protested.
“ Besides,” she added with a smile, “ how could Santa have got your presents there by that time anyway?”
Christmas cheer: The line-up includes Kate Ceberano, Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, Anthony Callea, the cast and Rob Mills.