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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas Magic!

Peterborough Sings!’ annual festive extravaganza returns to the city’s Broadway Theatre again in December, and this year there are not one, but two concerts for lovers of Christmas music  Christmas Magic has been a sellout for three years now,’ says Peterborough Sings! musical director Will Prideaux, ‘So this year we’ve added a performance in the afternoon as well.

Now everyone who wants a ticket can get one.’ Sunday, 18 December is the day when Peterborough’s three leading choirs will be joined by the Peterborough estival Orchestra for the concert which will combine the modern and traditional, sacred and secular. ‘In recent years we have performed pieces as diverse as Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, White Christmas, Gaudet , When a Child is Born and Jingle Bells!’ says Will. ‘This year will be just as varied, with one or two surprises mixed in to liven things up a bit!’

The choirs that make up Peterborough Sings! are Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices ladies choir and Peterborough Youth Choir and all are currently enjoying an outstanding year in terms of awards and achievements. ‘It’s been a fantastic year for the choirs,’ says Will.

‘The men travelled to Ulverston and won first prize in the South Cumbria Music Festival. All three choirs won their classes in the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama, and the men and women are soon off to Italy and Spain to compete in international choral festivals. There are big plans for next year as well.’

Closer to home, the choirs have performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Black Dyke Band, The King’s Singers and even had a piece of music specially written for them by internationallyrenowned composer Errolyn Wallen. So when you’ve finished the shopping, the tree, baubles and bangles are up, and the mistletoe’s hanging from the door, there’s only one thing left to do – celebrate the magic of Christmas with Christmas Magic!

Christmas Magic is at the Broadway Theatre, Broadway, Peterborough on Sunday, December 18. Performances at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from £16 by calling 0333 666 3366 or visiting (fees apply).

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