Between the Scales

First published in Music News

n TOMORROW is the perfect time for the Christmas festivities to start with the Southampton Philharmonic choir. Playing at Southampton Guildhall, the choir will tell the story of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in a series of dazzling choruses and sublime solo arias.

The varied and often dramatic music has all the profundity and grandeur associated with Bach's great choral works, with the added joy and celebration of the Christmas story.

Played by the baroque specialist orchestra The Hanover Band using period instruments, and sung by a distinguished team of four British soloists, this promises to be an ideal preparation for the upcoming season.

Running for over 150 years the SPC are now officially Southampton’s longest-established music society and this show is one not to be missed.

n CLARE Teal is one woman known for multitaking.

Whether it’s presenting her weekly Radio 2 shows, supporting Liza Minnelli or performing at the BBC Proms, she really can do it all.

She’ll bring this mantra with her to the Turner Sims on Thursday where she’ll cover a huge range of sounds and genres. The queen of swing, along with her exceptional band, will present Festive Fiesta a unique blend of seasonal swing, cheeky cocktail grooves and a smattering of cosy fireside ballads to add a little romance.

Clare delights with the sounds and songs made famous by the likes of Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, all delivered with her inimitable style and flair.

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