All aboard for music!

Eleven-year-old cousins Georgina Holmes and Sophie Bingham, who will sing at Todmorden Orchestra's Christmas Concert

Eleven-year-old cousins Georgina Holmes and Sophie Bingham, who will sing at Todmorden Orchestra's Christmas Concert

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It’s “all aboard” the Polar Express at Todmorden Orchestra and Choral Society’s Family Christmas Concert in Todmorden Town Hall on Sunday, December 14, at 4pm.

Children are invited to dress up in pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies or any kind of nightwear or perhaps come in character, writes Diana Doherty.

How about being ticket inspectors, elves or even Santa? They’ll be given a golden ticket which will be punched by the Ticket Inspector and “board the train” as it heads off for a trip to the North Pole...

This well-established musical extravaganza will provide plenty of opportunities for Mums and Dads and all the audience to join in singing traditional carols and popular Christmas music including Frosty the Snowman, Santa is coming to town and lots of others.

The first half of the concert will include a selection of carols from the Choral Society whilst the Orchestra will play music from Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet “Nutcracker”, often associated with Christmas. Lynda Robertson, principal flautist with the Orchestra for the last 20 years will mark her final concert here with a solo performance of “Melodie” also by Tchaikovsky.

The second half of the concert will be given over almost entirely to the exciting trip on the Polar Express with the solo childrens’ parts being sung by 11-year-old cousins Georgina Holmes and Sophie Bingham. The concert will conclude with the all-time great “O Come all ye Faithful” before “Wishing you a Merry Christmas”.

What better way to start the Christmas celebrations?

Come and join in the fun with tickets priced at adults £8, Concessions £6, 5-16 years £1 and under 5s free, available on the door or from the secretary on 01706 817333.