Christmas Cracker 2019

  St James Church, Woburn Rd.  Sunday 3pm, 1 December 2019.

  Conductor: Mark Carter

The roses at our favourite venue of St James Church set the scene
for a Christmas Concert. The audience could drop a book off at the library, walk through the garden area and be greeted by a white Christmas entrance.

Lower strings and organist

 In the first half there was a Viennese feel with the Strauss waltzes
and the Nicholai's Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Opening pieces, Mark Carter conducting

This very popular concert saw a packed audience who appreciated Mark's introductions to the pieces.

   Packed churchMark introducing the concert.

Pieces from "Sound of Music" and more Strauss ended the first half. The audience could then have tea and biscuits before returning to an "Indiana Jones" medley. 

Across audience to stringsAcross strings to organ

The brass and percussion sections all had essential parts in this lively music 


Then we moved into seasonal music with a set of orchestral Christmas songs followed by carols ("Oh come all ye faithful" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" where the audience could join in. Words provided.)

Orchestra players were in Christmas colours, very appropriate for our Christmas Song selection.

Finally, another medley,  "Pirates of the Caribbean" finished a concert that 
both the orchestra and the audience had thoroughly enjoyed.

Orchestra in bright coloursFinal ovation

Their enthusiastic applause was treated to an encore of the "Thunder and Lightning Polka"