Christmas is coming, and for the city’s three award-winning choirs, Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, that can mean only one thing: the return of Christmas Magic.
Their ever-popular extravaganza of carols, festive music and seasonal favourites - all accompanied by a professional orchestra - which will be at the Broadway Theatre for one night only on Sunday, December 21.
Now in its fourth successful year, Christmas Magic has become an established high-point of the festive season in Peterborough, filling venues across the city including Peterborough Cathedral, the KingsGate Auditorium and the Broadway Theatre, with as many as 1600 seats being sold across two performances on a single day!
The concert was broadcast on Christmas Day by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire both in 2011 and in 2012.
Christmas Magic comes at the close of a very successful year for all three choirs under the leadership of international award-winning choral conductor Will Prideaux.
There was competition success for Peterborough Male Voice Choir at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival where they achieved three first places, winning the hotly contested Open Choral Class against 13 other choirs.
Peterborough Voices’ phenomenally successful charity fundraising and recruitment project Sing for Life recently raised thousands of pounds for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal.
And there was national recognition for Peterborough Youth Choir who earlier this year recorded segments for BBC Songs Of Praise, to be broadcast this winter.
Christmas Magic will be the third major concert of the choirs’ much-publicised residency at the Broadway Theatre, where they have been based since last April and - given 1,000-strong audiences for their two previous performances, Saturday Night at the Movies and Sing for Life – they are hoping for a sell out,
Preparations are well underway with the theatre already decked out in its distinctive Christmas livery, and the choirs are hard at work rehearsing festive favourites including The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
There will be a new arrangement of Santa Baby as well as some (optional!) audience participation!
“Christmas is a very special time for our three choirs,” says director Will Prideaux “it’s a wonderful opportunity to put on a great show for our home audience and we’re looking forward to presenting a really memorable evening of festive fun for all the family.”
See Christmas Magic at the Broadway Theatre on December 21 (7.30pm). Tickets from £15 at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, on 0333 666 3366 or at www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk