“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
ALAN BARNES OCTET
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19th 7.45pm
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.
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 new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, 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!”
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
“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…..
Situated in St. John’s Street right in the centre of the village just opposite the Co-op store, there are PUBLIC CAR PARKS in Station Road (GU7 3NF) , North Street (GU7 3HE) and on Meadrow (GU7 3HY) – all of which are within 5 minutes walk of the venue. There is also some on street parking nearby.
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.