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Wartime songs feature in Belvoir Wassailers’ Christmas shows

Belvoir Wassailers
Belvoir Wassailers

You have just three chances left to see the Christmas concerts featuring The Belvoir Wassailers Male Voice Choir.

Musical director Elaine Bishop - in her debut year since taking over from Rob Edwards - has put together a programme which begins with Christmas in the (World War One) trenches followed by Christmas through the ages in a show called One Hundreds Years of Christmas.

Tonight (Friday, December 12) they will be at St Mary the Virgin Church in Harby (concert starts 7pm) with featured soloists Caroline Sharpe, Heather Walker and Daniella Ord. Admission is £5, including mulled wine and mince pies, and are available from Judith Neale on 01949 860713 or on the door.

The opening songs include In Flanders Field, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary/Pack Up Your Troubles, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Silent Night. After the interval, the choir will perform a range of favourites from Jingle Bells to Santa Baby (with Daniella) to the Twelve Days of Christmas to the finale O Holy Night, which features all three soloists.

On Saturday December 20, the choir, featuring sopranos Heather Walker and Rita Jackson will perform the full show at St Andrew’s Church, Denton, starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 to include some seasonal fayre and tickets are available from Jil Hiley on 01476 870501 or on the door on the night.

There will be a shortened version of the performanceon Tuesday, December 23 at the Manners Arms, Knipton, featuring festive songs and what the chairman, Gilbert Ward, describes as wassailing merriment. For more information, visit www.belvoirwassailers.org.uk

Since May 2011, the Wassailers have raised £10,500 for various charitable organisations, including the Royal British Legion and, mainly, village halls and churches throughout the Vale of Belvoir and surrounding areas, including Wymondham, Whissendine, Waltham on the Wolds, Harlaxton, Branstone and Denton. They have also appeared at Grantham Indoor Bowls Club and St Wulfram’s Church.

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