A celebration of the music of Christmas

The Figgy Pudding Collective

musical score with christmas tree in the background
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Date and time
16 December 2022
6.00 pm


The Figgy Pudding Collective present their cornucopia of classical and modern music, poetry, readings and general festive cheer.

They perform to a loyal and appreciative audience each year at Bramall Hall, Stockport. And also do the occasional ‘tour’ year to include other venues across the North of England.

They are delighted to bring a specially tailored performance to the Manchester Lit and Phil this Christmas.

The programme will be an exploration of the diversity of music that Christmas offers us. Vocal and piano solos, duets and trios, ranging from early 16th century carols through to well-known Christmas gems. From the likes of Mozart and Purcell and into twentieth-century American sparkle.

All this is woven through with original Christmas poems and readings created by actor and author Kate Millward.

Expect to find food, drink & mince pies!

The Figgy Pudding Collective

Claire Dunham (pianist) is an accompanist, chamber musician, piano teacher and adjudicator. She enjoys performing and recording with Intriplicate (flute/oboe/piano trio), Voci Dolci, and the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and ITV and performs nationally in venues from St Martin-in-the-Fields to the Bridgewater Hall.

Kate Millward (actor/narrator) has narrated her original stories and poetry in a variety of stately homes and theatre venues, including presenting The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Christmas concerts at Tatton Hall in Cheshire. Kate also works as a freelance actor in television and corporate training. She is currently lecturing at Salford University on their Theatre degree.

Julia Morley (soprano) Julia’s opera roles include Belinda in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, and solo oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Holmfirth Choral Society, Huddersfield Choral Society and Harrogate Choral Society.

Jill Taylor (mezzo soprano) is a regular guest soloist with northern choirs and operatic societies performing works including Durufle and Faure requiems, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi Requiem, Vaughan Williams “Sea Symphony”, Mozart C Minor mass, Bach B Minor Mass, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Elgar’s Music Makers.

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