I have never been so ready for Christmas. Note when I say ready, I don’t mean the practicalities. No matter what I promise myself every year, I will never be that person who’s done, dusted and has Christmas wrapped up (figuratively and literally) by November.
No, after Christmas was almost cancelled last year, any jadedness and apathy that comes with getting older is gone this year.
And so I’m seeking out anything that will help me on my way.
So The Northern Chamber Orchestra playing two Christmas concerts on 10 December at Tatton Park, Knutsford, is certain to float my festive boat.
Joined by the choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich, The Northern Chamber Orchestra, who are the oldest professional chamber orchestra in the North West, will perform a concert filled with festive music including Sleigh Ride and the Overture from Hansel and Gretel, film music such as the themes from Harry Potter and E.T., and audience carols for all to sing.
The orchestra will be joined by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich, conducted by the School’s Director of Music, Helen McKenna, for a collection of beautiful carols and choral works.
Actor, writer and director Kate Millward (whose talents include creating and performing her own material, specialising in bespoke, festive narratives) will present the concert and bring a touch of literary drama with a few specially-selected readings and poems.
If that isn’t enough to get your Christmas bells jingling, the concert ticket price includes a warming, winter drink or fruit juice, and a festive sweet tit-bit!
The concerts take place at 3.30pm and 7.00pm on Friday 10 December at Tatton Park.
Tickets are priced at £26.00, with discounts for students, under 18s and groups of 10+, and are on sale from www.ncorch.co.uk or 0161 247 2220.
See you in Knutsford on the 10th!