Tune into the festive finale of the Making Music Virtual Concert Series on YouTube
Making Music, the UK’s organisation for leisure-time music, warmly invites you to attend its celebratory Virtual Christmas Concert on Tuesday 15 December at 7pm, broadcast free on the Making Music YouTube channel. If you can’t make it, the concert will also be available to rewatch on the same channel throughout the festive season.
It has been a tough year for leisure-time music groups, but our members have continued to meet virtually and make music together against all odds. Since May, our Virtual Concert Series has provided a regular platform to showcase their incredible talents, featuring over 80 vocal and instrumental groups across nine concerts to date. Total views for the series have now surpassed 20,000, with all concerts broadcast free on Making Music’s YouTube channel and available to rewatch afterwards.
To conclude the series we’ve got a real festive treat in store, including traditional carols, orchestral and vocal Christmas medleys, an ukulele arrangement of ‘Love Shone Down’, a jazzy ride ‘Sleigh Ride’ from Cheshire, some ‘Frozen’ dancing princesses from Northern Ireland, an Hawaiian Christmas Song from Southend, and more!
Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, said: “Programming the Virtual Concert Series has been an absolute joy – and also very difficult in terms of choosing between the many different submissions we have received. As with all concerts, we hope you enjoy the breadth and variety of groups and repertoire showcased here, a fitting way to conclude a difficult year for everyone.”
The full programme is as follows:
- Fulham Brass Band – Away in a Manger
- Viva Acappella – Carol of the Bells
- Real Princesses NI & Northern Ireland Concert Band – Frozen
- Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats – Sleigh Ride
- Mersey Wave – Glow
- York Guildhall Orchestra – Christmas Medley
- Me-Time Pop Choir – Christmas Medley
- Harpenden Concert Band - We’re Walking in the Air
- Southend Vox Chamber Choir – Mele Kalikimaka
- Danetre Ukulele Orchestra – Love Shone Down
- Helensburgh Oratorio Choir – The Angel Gabriel
- The Phoenix Voices – Jingle Bells
One week after the Virtual Christmas Concert, Making Music will be rounding off the year in festive fashion with its annual carols on Tuesday 22 December from 5pm to 6pm, this year taking place on Zoom. As usual, we’ll be performing a selection of popular carols from the Carols for Choirs collection, and everyone is invited to join us and sing or play along from the comfort of your own home.
If you’d like to join the festivities, register now and a member of the Making Music team will contact you nearer the time with the list of the carols to be performed. Dress festively, make sure you have some mulled wine and mince pies to hand, and get ready for some seasonal cheer!!
For more information, contact Natalie Joanes, Communications Director, at email@example.com
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Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,700 groups made up of around 200,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music! www.makingmusic.org.uk