Ashford Sinfonia once again joined forces with Shepway Community Choir, Hythe Salvation Army Band and Steve Hawkins of Folkestone and Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society in the annual Christmas Spectacular at The Tower Theatre, Shorncliffe.
This is a peculiarly addictive production – many of my friends have been to all the productions since the Sinfonia were invited to join, and look forward greatly to the event. Tickets go very quickly once released. Perhaps it is the combination of a reminder of the great story of Christmas without being too religious, the awful Christmas cracker jokes of Richard Carroll and the opportunity to sing much loved carols at full belt with accompaniment from the talented Wes Carroll and the assembled musicians.
From within the orchestra it is evident that Choir and musicians alike have grown in their skills and relaxed into the task at hand. Steven Hawkins performance is as accomplished as ever. Youngsters from the audience formed a small Choir for “Away in a Manger”, and we were treated to a lovely solo in L. Cohen’s “Hallelujah” from a young chorister.
For many, this concert marks the real beginning of Christmas. Long may it continue!