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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolBy Charles Dickens, adapted by Karen Louise Hebden

Musical Director/Arranger
Derby Playhouse

Director: Stephen Edwards

Ebenezer Scrooge is a man who hoards his money and refuses to help anyone but himself.  After begrudgingly giving his trusty employee Bob Cratchit a day off for Christmas Day he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to show him the error of his ways.

Kelvin first created the score for this production in 2003 and revived it in 2006, using an array of Christmas Carols to provide a wall to wall score of festivity and humbug!

“Superbly crafted arrangements…it was a joy to sit and hear the rich orchestrations of traditional carols….”
Derby Evening Telegraph

“Credit must also go to the Musical Director, Kelvin Towse, who elicited some particularly lovely quiet singing from the cast and plenty of hearty carolling.”
Theatre World

“Well done to the Musical Director, Kelvin Towse and his band, whose accompaniment to the hearty carolling and creation of so many musical effects adds greatly to the atmosphere.” Theatre World Internet Magazine

“The traditional English carols are the icing on the cake; a choral treat rarely heard on the stage at Chirstmas.” The Stage

*****
“...punctuated by carols, well sung, frequently a cappella, or played by an excellent wind trio in Kelvin Towse’s astute arrangements. In a production where nothing is done without a reason, the carols are not just ornamental: The Fezziwigs’ ball proceeds vigorously to “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”; “Silent Night” and the “Coventry Carol” are recurrent motifs for, respectively, the devotion of Tiny Tim and Scrooge’s past humanity and present repentance.” What’s On stage

A Christmas Carol - The Overture - Arranged by Kelvin Towse, Copyright 2006
Flute: Clare-Louise Appleby - Clarinet: Nikki Loveridge - Flugel Horn: Brian Towse
Photos by Keith Pattison & Robert Day

Another audio clip from A Christmas Carol may be found on the Music page.

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