Event: Christmas Concert 2019
Saturday 14th December 2019 at 7:30pm, The Speech Room of Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill, HA1 3HP
Our Christmas Celebration concert in the historic Speech Room of Harrow School has become something of an institution in Harrow over the past 20 years or so and is a major event in the choir's calendar. As always, we will be performing a wide programme of Christmas music - some familiar and some less so - together with seasonal readings from our Guest Reader. Over the past few years our Readers have included Alison Steadman, Timothy West, Patricia Hodge, John Sergeant and Edward Fox.
We are delighted that Rita Tushingham has accepted our invitation to be our Guest Reader this year.
To view or download the concert poster, please click here.
Guest ReaderFor those of a certain age, the name Rita Tushingham immediately brings to mind the ground-breaking film A Taste of Honey. With a screenplay adapted from the play of the same name by Shelagh Delaney, the film is very evocative of working class life in Lancashire in the 1960s, with a mixture of comedy and stark realism that earned it four BAFTA awards. One of those – Most Promising Newcomer – went to Rita Tushingham, whose expressive eyes and brilliant performance made such an impact on the audience. This was followed by starring roles in films such as Edna O'Brien's Girl with Green Eyes, and Doctor Zhivago. She has been nominated for a total of three BAFTA awards, two Golden Globe awards and a Cannes Film Festival award for her acting, and is an Honorary Associate of London Film School. She has continued to appear regularly in films, on stage and on television, recently in the ITV series Vera. She supports the work of new directors by performing in their films, and has often performed in films made in other countries, notably Italy and West Germany. In 2009, she received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University, for ‘outstanding and sustained contributions to the performing arts’. She is a prominent supporter of Cancer Research UK and is active in promoting awareness of breast cancer. She also has plans for a children’s book, and we are fortunate to have such a talented guest reader this year.
Brass QuintetWe are delighted once again to welcome Elysian Brass as our guests this evening. They are a quintet made up of recent graduates from music colleges across the UK, each of whom is forging a career in music, such as studying abroad, teaching and playing freelance.
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