Christmas concert with The Lovenotes

Plus special guests Helen Watson and Malcolm Raeburn

musical score with christmas tree in the background
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Date and time
7 December 2023
6.00 pm


The Lovenotes present a selection of seasonal and Christmas songs, sung acapella, and featuring original arrangements.

From new takes on jazz standards to classical choral pieces, this concert promises to bring festive cheer. Some songs have poetry or spoken word elements, while some are irreverent and funny. There will also be Christmas readings from actor and Lit & Phil member, Malcolm Raeburn.

The Lovenotes are a Manchester group of four women: Faith Watson, Katherine Watson, Jules Gibb and Rose Hodgson. They have been performing together for almost twenty years to an enthusiastic local and national following. Their Christmas concert is something of an institution. And at this special performance for the Lit & Phil, they will be joined by acclaimed blues singer Helen Watson.

Their performances demonstrate a wonderfully diverse combination of harmony singing, with truly innovative 3, 4 and 5 part arrangements of songs. These songs range from jazz to traditional to contemporary, as well as original material written by the members of the group. Their heady combination of tight acapella harmonies blend well with Helen’s soulful improvisation.


Good to know: The performance will be followed by refreshments and mince pies. This is included in the ticket price

the lovenotes

The Lovenotes with Helen Watson and Malcolm Raeburn

Faith Watson has a reputation as an inspirational workshop leader and a talented writer and arranger for community choirs and acapella groups.

Jules Gibb is a well-loved performer, arranger and composer, and her popular song, “Nana was a Suffragette”, is performed by acapella groups all over the world.

Katherine Watson comes from a classical and jazz music background and is an accomplished instrumentalist.

Rose Hodgson currently leads three community choirs, including Manchester Community Choir, as well as co-leading a singing group for people living with dementia and their carers.

This performance features a special guest: the acclaimed Blues singer/songwriter Helen Watson. Helen’s free-flowing improvisational style sits perfectly with the carefully wrought arrangements of The Lovenotes. Together, they have gone from strength to strength, performing to enthusiastic audiences at concerts and festivals.

Malcolm Raeburn is a writer, director, singer and actor.  He is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at Salford University.

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