Show comes to town
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.