Ripon 2015 Christmas Spectacular

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Ripon Festivals held their 17th Christmas Spectacular to a packed Ripon Cathedral which organisers described as a major success.

Over 150 schoolchildren from the area were welcomed by the Dean Rev Canon John Dobson to enjoy an evening of Christmas music and carols.

“One of the major highlights of the evening was the performing the World Premier of a new carol The Partridge Song of which the words and music was written and composed by Xenophon Kelsey MBE who is the conductor of Ripon’s renowned St Cecilia Orchestra,” said spokesman Coun Bernard Bateman.

“The amazing programme for the evening included Day Seven, a performance of Swan Lake by the Ballarenias from the Evangelina School of Dance under the direction of Claire Sugden, Ripon Morris Dancers and the Cricket of the Hearth Dancers who performed to other Days of Christmas.”

Yorkshire actor Thomas Frere presented the evening’s Christmas Spectacular and introduced each of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the performers which included 100 pupils from Primary School Choirs of Brafferton, Hampthwaite, Grewelthorpe, Fountains, Kirby Hill, Long Marston, Kirkby Malzeard, Queen Mary’s and Markington Schools.

Ripon Grammar School Singers and the Halcyon Youth Choir, under their conductor Kate Morgan, added to the guest singers Imogen Morgan and William Kyle and the St Cecilia Orchestra.

Festival Chairman Tim Jones was introduced by Coun Bateman who had started the Christmas Spectacular 17 years ago with Xen Kelsey and the sponsorship of many of the same sponsors of today. Tim expressed the Festival’s thanks.