Show comes to town

Kapiti News - - What’s On -

Fes­tive cheer is com­ing to the O¯ taki Do­main and you are in­vited.

Carols at Dusk, a free en­try event fea­tur­ing Welling­ton en­ter­tainer Nick Tansley and his pop-up Christ­mas show, is on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Tansley’s show has been a fea­ture of Welling­ton’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions for the last five years.

Be­fore that Tansley or­gan­ised and ran the pop­u­lar an­nual Carols By Can­dle­light event for over 20 years which at­tracted crowds in ex­cess of 25,000 to the Welling­ton wa­ter­front in its hey­day.

“The band and I were moved by a re­cent TV in­ter­view with O¯ taki Col­lege prin­ci­pal Andy Fraser, in which he spoke pas­sion­ately about the town los­ing a num­ber of young peo­ple. We all have con­nec­tions of one kind or an­other with O¯ taki and wanted to of­fer our time and en­ergy to the com­mu­nity, per­haps spread­ing a bit of Christ­mas cheer.”

Tansley, who holds the show to­gether on key­board, is ac­com­pa­nied by some of the coun­try’s top ses­sion mu­si­cians in­clud­ing gui­tarist Nick Granville, drum­mer Lance Philip, bass player Nick Tip­ping and vo­cal­ist Bella Kololo.

The show is a 90-minute romp through some of the best-known tra­di­tional carols and Christ­mas songs.

Or­gan­iser Me­gan Qarani­valu said there will be school groups and other per­form­ers from 5pm, and lo­cal en­ter­tainer An­drew Lon­don has agreed to MC.

“We’re enor­mously grate­ful to Nick and his band for their of­fer to bring this show to O¯ taki.

“Also to the Otaki Com­mu­nity Board, mayor K Gu­runathan and the coun­cil for their as­sis­tance with some of the costs.”

A more tra­di­tional Christ­mas carol sin­ga­long event will take place at Haru­atai Park in O¯ taki on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 from 3pm to 4pm or­gan­ised by The Hub Church.

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