Christmas Concert

Date 8th December 2021
Society Beaconsfield Operatic Society
Venue St Cuthberts Church, Blyth
Type of Production Concert
Musical Director Susan Sabourn


Author: Ken Allan

Every year, St Cuthberts Church in Blyth host their Christmas Tree Festival; a colourful celebration of the Festive Season, where local businesses and organisations are encouraged and invited to donate a dressed Christmas tree which is displayed in the Church. We counted over 40 trees (including an extremely impressive 5 metre fir by the Church) last night when we went to visit. The Festival lasts a week, and every evening in order to raise funds for the hosts and local charities, they have concerts; one of which was performed by Beaconsfield in these lovely, colourful surroundings.

As David Anderson from St Cuthberts said, "the occasion certainly puts you in the mood for Christmas", and we in the audience couldn’t have agreed with him more.

The Concert, very ably put together and conducted by Musical Director Susan Sabourn, and sympathetically accompanied by Peter Robertson, contained almost entirely choral pieces. The exception was ‘The Twelve Days After Christmas’. A humourous solo, expertly performed by the wonderful Kathryn Sabourn.

The other seventeen songs; some old, some new, were sung beautifully, with some wonderful harmonies.

We were treated to favourites like ‘A Christmas Carol’ from Scrooge The Musical, George Michael’s ‘Last Christmas’ with a solo from Michael Douglas, ‘The Carol Of The Bells’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ featuring Lynda Kidd, and finished of with ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. A splendid programme.

Our Master of Ceremonies Michael Douglas is a very experienced and accomplished host, who kept us entertained with his jokes and quips the whole time. Well done Mike!.

All in all, the audience enjoyed the programme, showed by their hearty applause. It was lovely to see old friends both in the audience and on stage. Well done to everyone involved!. A good night’s entertainment.

We look forward to Beaconsfield’s next production; ELF, in the Phoenix Theatre from 11th to 15th October 2022.