Opera Holland Park Christmas Concert 2017

St Columba’s Church, Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD

Thursday 7 December, 7pm

Concert: £30
Concert and a post-show drinks reception: £45
Concert followed by a gourmet dinner at the Sloane Club: £125

 

 

Join some of Opera Holland Park’s top soloists for the company’s inaugural Christmas Concert, a unique and evocative yuletide evening of sacred music, close-harmony carols, seasonal classics, celebrity readings and an abridged version of Will Todd’s musical setting of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The perfect way to celebrate the festive period.

Set in the atmospheric St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge, why not make an evening of it and celebrate with us after the concert with a selection of festive drinks of join some of the soloists for a gourmet dinner at the Sloane Club.

Guest speakers include Dame Norma MajorKevin Whately, Maureen Lipman and Neil Pearson.*

 

World Premiere of A Christmas Carol by Will Todd

As part of Opera Holland Park’s first Christmas concert, we are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a new musical-dramatic re-telling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol with music by Will Todd.

Using Dickens original text, abridged and dramatised by playwright David Simpatico, and interspersed with traditional Christmas carols, this semi-staged performance directed by Martin Duncan will use an actor in the speaking role of Dickens/Scrooge, eight principal singers from Opera Holland Park singing all other roles and three musicians.

The abridged version of this new work will have its world premiere as part of the Opera Holland Park Christmas Carol concert on 7 December at St Columba’s church in Knightsbridge. The concert will also feature traditional and sacred music, providing an extraordinarily evocative and unique yuletide evening.

In 2012 Will Todd was commissioned by Opera Holland Park to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which has now been performed over 70 times including five years as part of the Opera Holland Park season and a run at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. Will has also composed many successful choral pieces including being commissioned to write a piece for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Cast 

Narrator/Scrooge Kit Benjamin
Fan/Tiny Tim Alys Roberts
Belle/Laundress Fleur de Bray
Ghost of Christmas Past/Char Woman Victoria Simmonds
Ghost of Christmas Present/Charity Collector 2 Heather Lowe
Bob Cratchit Robert Murray
Fred/Undertaker’s Man Nicholas Garrett
Mr Fezziwig/Charity Collector 1 Julien Van Mellaerts
Jacob Marley’s Ghost/Joe, the Beetle Eddie Wade

*Correct at time of writing. Subject to change.