Belvedere Singers announce Christmas concert in Swanage

SWANAGE-based choir the Belvedere Singers is preparing for its annual Christmas concert.

This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, in Kings Road, Swanage.

“The evening will have all the usual elements that make Belvedere concerts that little bit different; an enjoyable mix of traditional and newer carols and Christmas songs plus a few surprises,” a spokesperson said.

“The concert title is taken from one of the pieces to be performed: Throw Open Your Shutters, which is a lively Festive Madrigal.

“Be prepared for some more unusual pieces that you may not have heard before too, as music director Clive Watkiss demonstrates that he is keen to widen the choir’s repertoire.

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“Audience participation in some well-known carols will of course be included, together with some rousing organ pieces by Colin Burgess, who is making a welcome return after his lovely playing last year.”

There will be a retiring collection for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, they said, a popular choice with choir members.

Tickets cost £7 and are available from choir members or on the door. Under 18’s are free.

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New members are always welcome. They rehearse on Tuesday evenings in term time at Emanuel Baptist Church, in Victoria Avenue, Swanage.

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