Derbyshire performers spread festive cheer in online music and theatre offerings

Enjoy seasonal shows and concerts, featuring Derbyshire artistes, without leaving your home.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 5:30 am
Sinfonia Viva's brass quintet has contributed a performance that you can now view online.
Sinfonia Viva's brass quintet has contributed a performance that you can now view online.

A box of delights has been put together by the team behind Festive Derby.

You can watch online screenings of The Lost Boys’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Sinfonia Viva’s Christmas Brass Quintet performing alongside the boys and girls of Derby Cathedral Choir, and Babbling Vagabonds’ filmed version of their family show, Elf Encounter. All these are available to download and watch on demand as many times as you like, until Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Live shows by The Lost Boys and Sinfonia Viva could not go ahead this year because of Covid restrictions in Derby, so both companies have teamed up with the same Derby LIVE technical team who brought Derby Folk Festival at Home to audiences earlier this year.

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Sinfonia Viva’s Christmas Brass Quintet have recorded some festive favourites in the atmospheric setting of the Old Central Library. Their programme includes popular tunes such as It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas alongside the more thoughtful Coventry Carol and a rousing Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

The quintet’s digital show includes the boys and girls of Derby Cathedral Choir performing some much-loved carols, filmed inside the cathedral. They sing Ding Dong Merrily on High, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, While Shepherds Watched, Away in a Manger and Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

Tickets for Sinfonia Viva Christmas Brass Quintet at Home cost £17.50 and are available from derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/sinfonia-viva-christmas-brass-quintet-at-home/. Once you have bought your ticket you will be able to watch the concert on demand at derbylive.co.uk as many times as you like, from 11am on December 23 until January 2.

Following six years of sell-out live shows, The Lost Boys make A Christmas Carol their own with their filmed version in which the duo aim to play all the parts in 60 minutes.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol at Home cost £17.50 and are available from derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/a-christmas-carol-at-home/ Your ticket will enable you to watch the performance on demand at derbylive.co.uk as many times as you like from 11am on Wednesday, December 23 to Saturday, January 2.

Elf Encounter, Babbling Vagabonds’ fun live show for a single household, finishes today (Wednesday) and has sold out. But you can’t just take an elf home with you – you can take four!

In the digital version of the show, Elf Encounter at Home, you will receive access to four different videos, featuring four different elf personalities, who need some help getting back onto Santa’s ‘nice’ list after some well-meaning antics go wrong! At just 15 minutes long, it is ideal for younger children.

Tickets for Elf Encounter at Home cost £12 and are available from derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/elf-encounter-at-home/. Your ticket will enable you to watch the show on demand at derbylive.co.uk as many times as you like until January 2.

Derby Theatre, one of the city council’s partners in Festive Derby, has also filmed its Christmas show, The Little Mermaid, which is available to watch online until January 2. Tickets are £20 per household for a set performance. For more details and performance times, visit derbytheatre.co.uk

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