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Jingle Bell Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall

Sunday 18 December 2016

On 18th December we once again participated in a Christmas celebration at the Albert Hall, with an early start from Cranleigh as this year the performance commenced at 12-30.  The venue was a delightful mass of festive colour and lights and the ambience was celebratory and appropriate for the time of year.  Gwen had booked excellent seats close to the front of the stalls.

The London Concert Orchestra and Capital Voices were on fine form, and the two soloists, Laura Tebbutt and Tim Howar were both excellent and joined in the spirit of the occasion with gusto.  I was a little concerned with the space available for the Jingle Bell Dancers, who performed well with constricted availability of the stage!

This year there were far fewer carols than I had anticipated, and the performance was more modern than usual, but no less enjoyable for that.

After the performance, we had plenty of time before the coach was due to depart, and so we had the opportunity of lunching independently and, in our case, enjoyed the festive lights in Kensington.  On our return to the coach, we were treated to a tour of the London sights decorated for Christmas, and arrived back at Cranleigh almost 12 hours after our departure.

Thanks as ever to Gwen for her organisation, and to an excellent coach driver.

Philip Akroyd

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