I’ve written a new play, mostly as a transparent excuse to see my friend Francesco shoved off a high place in front of a live audience. The Elf That Fell off the Shelf is ‘a Christmas adventure for the whole family,’ and is produced by Prescot-based Imaginarium Theatre. Book your tickets at imaginariumtheatre.co.uk.
On Saturday 10 December I’ll be donning my Santa suit and crooning to babies, toddlers and their parents once again in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Cathedral. This will be my fourth festive appearance for Music in Unison, a formidable force in early years music education in Merseyside.
I’ll be back in the cathedral on Friday 16 December at 1.30pm to give the Francis Neilson Lunchtime Concert. Expect a short recital (30 to 40 minutes) with an enchanting programme of seasonal music, tantalisingly titled ‘Box of Delights.’ Entry is free, but donations are welcome in aid of Liverpool Cathedral Choir’s touring fund.
As always, I’m busy at the Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Prescot, conducting and singing at events and services including the Mayor of Prescot’s Charity Christmas Concert on Thursday 8 December and Carols by Candlelight, a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday 18 December. The full schedule of Advent and Christmas services at St Mary’s is online at prescotparish.org.uk.
Photo: Sue Mannings