Christmas Concert

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

ALAN BARNES ALL STAR OCTET

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19th 8pm

St John’s Church, St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EJ

Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol” has something for everyone!

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A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas!

This suite of pieces takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol”.  Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!

A gruff baritone sax plays Scrooge, his lost love Belle is a lyrical alto, his clerk Bob Cratchit a cheery clarinet and Marley’s Ghost walks in the person of a swinging trombone. Just as Scrooge’s ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so the movements of this suite seemed each to have a benevolent presiding ghost, celebrating the spirit of jazz greats past and present.

The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from terror and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy: “God Bless Us Every One!”

With an all star lineup led by the multi-award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes, whose unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.

Featuring

Alan Barnes – saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet

Bruce Adams – trumpet

Mark Nightingale – trombone

Robert Fowler – saxophones and clarinet

Karen Sharp – saxophones and clarinet

David Newton – piano

Simon Thorpe – bass

Clark Tracey – drums

Tickets £15 in advance (£5 for U16s) or £18 on the door (subject to availability). Doors open at 7pm (please join us for a pre-gig drink!) and music starts at 8pm. Licensed bar and parking within easy walking distance.

To order your tickets please fill in your details below and we’ll send you confirmation and payment details. If you don’t hear back within 24 hours please email info@guildfordjazz.org.uk  

“Barnes is a true Dickensian.  He is a serious reader of the novels.  It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages!” Hot News.


Finding Us / Parking / Rail Travel…..

St. John’s Church was built over 160 years ago and was extensively refurbished in 2012 with new seating, flooring and lighting. It has wonderful acoustics for all types of music as well as a unique atmosphere – described by some as Surrey’s own Union Chapel.

Situated in St. John’s Street right in the centre of the village just opposite the Co-op store, there are PUBLIC CAR PARKS within 5 minutes walk of the venue. We’d recommend parking in Meadrow (GU7 3HY), just off the A3100, the Guildford-Godalming road. It’s free in the evenings and it’s a short walk from the car park up Church Path , direct to the church.

There are also car parks in Station Road (GU7 3NF) and North Street (GU7 3HE)

Farncombe railway station is just 2 minutes walk from the venue. For rail travellers, Farncombe is on the London Waterloo – Portsmouth mainline. Trains are regular and journey times are London – 40 minutes and Portsmouth – 1 hour.