The festive spirit will arrive early in Swaledale on Tuesday, December 2, when Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band bring their unique celebratory show ‘Carols & Capers’, featuring Christmas music played on Renaissance instruments, to St Andrew’s church at Grinton.
The five piece Carnival Band mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour, putting their inimitable stamp on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare.
Their long standing Christmas collaboration with Maddy Prior began in 1984 and shows signs of becoming a seasonal tradition.
Old favourites such as ‘Away in a Manger’ rub shoulders with secular carols like ‘The Boar’s Head’ and dance tunes like ‘Monsieur Carpentier’s Christmas Swing’ guaranteeing a Christmas party to remember.
Proceeds of the concert are for Reeth Memorial Hall. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £19.50 in advance, £21.50 on the door (under 16s half price) and are on sale at Reeth Post Office or from John Little 01748-884759. Full details are on the Memorial Hall website http://www.reethmemorialhall.co.uk/