This Christmas we have a number of live concerts, ballets and theatre shows showcasing the talents of local musicians and performers as well as bringing 2 internationally renowned touring companies to the Maltings.

The Maltings remains a venue which many local choirs and orchestras enjoy performing in year on year and we always enjoy the buzz that fills the building with their visits. Many of the performances are donating all proceeds from their events to a range of local and national charities so we always want to make sure they have a good audience in the Great Hall. From our own programming, we think you will also really love Ballet Cymru’s new touring production which celebrates the life and work of Roald Dahl and will enjoy our Dickensian spooky tale, Christmas Gothic by Dyad Productions. Read on for more details.

Surrey Youth PromSurrey Youth Prom – Tue 22 November, 7.30pm

A concert celebrating the extraordinary talents of Surrey’s young musicians and singers. Featuring Central Surrey Schools’ Choir, The Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra, Cranleigh Youth Wind Band & the Crafty Clarinets. In association with Surrey Arts, all the money raised from the prom will go to local charity Citizens Advice Waverley. This event is being organised by Larry Westland CBE, trustee for Citizens Advice Waverley and founder and Honorary Life President of national music education charity, Music for Youth, and therefore promises to be a very special evening.

 

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theatre maltings: Christmas Gothic, Dyad Productions – Mon 05 December, 7.30pm

From the creators of Dalloway.

Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts.

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…

Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.

Ballet Cymru: Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs – Wed 07 December, 7pm

Award winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary vision. Two stories from the mind of the most popular storyteller in the world, Roald Dahl. This is the third year that the Welsh ballet company has visited the Maltings at Christmas time and have each time brought a lot of festive cheer.

Ballet Cymru were granted permission from The Dahl Foundation to produce two works based on sections of Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs’. The score by Paul Patterson featured in a 1995 BBC Christmas Day special featuring the voices of Ian Holm, Julie Walters and Danny DeVito. Now Patterson’s dazzling scores are set in dance for the first time.

Make an extra special evening of it with a Maltings 3 course menu in the Riverside Cafe.

RushmoorRushmoor Odd Fellows Male Voice Choir – Thu 08 December, 7.30pm

This local choir is now in its 56th year and continues to support local charities. The choir will be joined by special guests and the evening promises to be one of great singing and good entertainment.

Proceeds from the ‘Singing For You’ concert will be donated to the Friends of Farnham Hospital to buy iPads which are used by patients with dementia. The tablets help stimulate brain activity and conversation in patients suffering with dementia. The Friends will also use some of the money for the hospital’s new GP Hub.

They will be joined by the brilliant Weydon School Choir as the ‘supporting act’ for the concert.

The Nutcracker2The Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker – Fri 09 December, 7.15pm

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

In Peter Wright’s classic production for The Royal Ballet, the stage sparkles with theatrical magic – a Christmas tree grows before our eyes, toy soldiers come to life to fight the villainous Mouse King and Clara and the Nutcracker are whisked off to the Kingdom of Sweets on a golden sleigh. Tchaikovsky’s score contains some of ballet’s best-known melodies, from the flurrying Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – all brilliantly set in Wright’s choreography. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this magical production perfect for the festive season.Jonathan Veira

Hart Male Voice Choir Gala Christmas Concert – Wed 14 December, 7.30pm

For more than 40 years Hart MVC has been entertaining audiences in Surrey and Hampshire and raising thousands of pounds for local charities. The annual Christmas concert at the Maltings is always popular. This year the programme will feature celebrated bass baritone singer and musician Jonathan Veira as both compere and performer. He will lead the choir through a special selection of Christmas songs with solos and of course audience participation.

Jonathan Veira is a Bass Baritone who graduated from London University and Trinity College of Music. He has been performing professionally on the operatic stage for more than 30 years, including at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, English National Opera and many international venues.

Jonathan’s considerable vocal and comic talents have resulted in him singing many leading comic operatic roles. In contrast he also accompanies himself on piano and guitar to deliver performances of jazz and popular standard songs. In addition Jonathan broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and television including Songs of Praise.

As the special guest and compere at this year’s Hart Male Voice Choir’s Christmas concert Jonathan will introduce and perform in a lively programme of traditional Christmas favourites with special chorister solos and course some surprise pieces. This light-hearted evening will present everyone in the audience with a chance to sing with the choir in a really festive atmosphere of Christmas music and song.

FYCFarnham Youth Choirs’ Christmas Gala Concert – Sat 17 December, 6.30pm

Europe’s Champion Children’s Choir (2015), Farnham Youth Choir, is joined by the Junior Choirs and the Alumni Choir to perform a selection of songs, from their Christmas repertoire in an atmosphere of fun and celebration. Early Bird tickets are available until Wed 30 November so book now to save a couple of quid!

 

 

And don’t forget, FAOS return in January!Beggars_Maltings_SMALL-WEB-button-72rgb

The Beggar’s Opera – Tue 24 – Sat 28 January

John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy was set in London’s East End underworld: a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of gangsters, thieves and prostitutes. FAOS re-stages this in the time of the Kray twins, with contemporary orchestrations and top quality singing.

Tickets on sale now!

 

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