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A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera

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GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims' Way) use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite. The first half of the show presents a blend of Victorian carols and midwinter folk songs which paint a vivid and colourful picture of the festive season in Dickens’ time.

The second half is an hour-long ‘folk opera’ of his most iconic novella - the tale of how flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visitations over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning transformed into the epitome of the Christmas spirit - warm-hearted, generous and loving. This heartwarming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

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