Putting the merry into Christ­mas

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MUSIC MATTERS -

It was well into Novem­ber be­fore I heard my first piece of Christ­mas mu­sic this year, and now with the big day fast ap­proach­ing, Christ­mas mu­sic is ev­ery­where and it just wouldn’t be Christ­mas with­out it.

Christ­mas mu­sic is time­less too, with lots of our favourite sea­sonal tunes hav­ing been en­joyed for gen­er­a­tions. In­deed, some of our own “more re­cent” fes­tive stan­dards are fast ap­proach­ing “mid­dle age” - and still go­ing strong. Who won’t be en­joy­ing a bit of Wiz­zard or Slade this month at some point?

As usual lo­cal au­di­ences can en­joy some ex­cel­lent fes­tive mu­sic for yule­tide merry-mak­ing and this week­end - 8 De­cem­ber at 7.30pm, at All Saints Church in Stam­ford - So­prano Gabriella Pineda-Ro­drigues is joined by pi­anist Kate Wishart for “Christ­mas Trea­sures”, in­clud­ing a mix of pop­u­lar and clas­si­cal favourites.

Chil­dren from the All Saints’ Church choir will also per­form to­gether with the young vi­o­lin­ist An­nike van Ton­der, and pi­anist Rhea Se­h­gal.

All Saints then plays host to or­gan­ist Fer­gus Black on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, at 3pm per­form­ing pieces based on well-known car­ols. Fer­gus will be joined by cel­list Cleo Wood. Tick­ets for both events can be booked from Stam­ford Arts Cen­tre, on 01780 763203 or on the door. Ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren free (no ticket needed).

Christ­mas mu­sic at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral will once again pro­vide a high­light through­out the fes­tive sea­son, with con­certs and ser­vices through­out De­cem­ber, in­clud­ing Christ­mas Magic 2018, fea­tur­ing Peter­bor­ough Male Voice Choir, Peter­bor­ough Voices and Peter­bor­ough Youth Choir and Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val Brass. Per­for­mances are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15. Tick­ets from £18 avail­able through the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on Bridge Street.

Hope­fully all this won­der­ful mu­sic will in­spire you to make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion - to take up learn­ing an in­stru­ment, or maybe buy some­one you love an in­stru­ment for Christ­mas? Or some les­sons per­haps? And for those of you look­ing to do­nate money to good causes this year, then lots of lo­cal mu­sic groups would ben­e­fit from your pa­tron­age. Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub will be de­lighted to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails of suit­able lo­cal groups - email us at mu­[email protected]­bor­ough.gov.uk

Fi­nally this month, there’s still time to ap­ply for the post of Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic at The Pri­ory Church of Deeping St James.

They’re look­ing for an or­gan­ist and choir trainer to work in this won­der­ful church. They have a fine, well-main­tained three man­ual pipe or­gan and the reg­u­lar robed choir is af­fil­i­ated to the RSCM. Pay is com­men­su­rate with ex­pe­ri­ence, plus fees. The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 - to com­mence Jan­uary 2019, or as soon as pos­si­ble in the New Year.

For fur­ther de­tails, or to ap­ply, please email nico­lete. [email protected]­in­ter­net.com

In the mean­time, en­joy some live mu­sic this Christ­mas, sing along - play along if you can - and in the words of that old Christ­mas favourite “may your days be merry and bright”. Have a good one,_ and here’s to some great mu­sic to come in 2019.

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