A heavenly host of Christmas concerts and carols on offer

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CANDLELIT concerts by the Adderbury Ensemble are among the festive musical events being held around the Advertiser and Review region this month.

Other events include carol singing and a procession of illuminated boats on the canal at Stoke Bruerne, performances by the Brackley Male Voice Choir, and traditional Christmas music from the Great Horwood Silver Band at Stowe and in Buckingham.

The Adderbury Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will perform a special concert in Adderbury Parish Church from 4pm this Sunday, December 12, with music including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Entry is free for accompanied children, and adult tickets are £18 or £15 on the door.

The ensemble will also perform candlelit Christmas concerts in St Mary’s Church in Kidlington on Saturday, December 18, starting at 7.30 pm, and in St Peter and St Paul’s Church in King’s Sutton on Sunday, December 19, starting at 4pm.

Tickets are £14 or £12 for adults, and £5 for children, available at the door or from organisers on 01295 810683.

Brackley Male Voice Choir will perform its annual festive concert in St Peter’s Church, Old Town, Brackley, from 7.30pm onwards tonight, Friday.

The programme will include traditional carols and popular songs such as White Christmas and Mary’s Boy Child.

Audience participation is encouraged, and proceeds will help local respite carers.

Tickets are £6 on the door.

The choir can also be heard outside Brackley Waitrose on December 18 between 11am and noon.

Visitors to Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum can enjoy carols and boat trips between 5pm and 7pm tomorrow, Saturday. Children from Stoke Bruerne Primary School will perform at 6pm, and illuminated boats will arrive from 5.15pm.

Hot soup and roasted chestnuts will be among the refreshments on offer.

And the Great Horwood Silver Band will perform at the National Trust Carol Service at Stowe School tomorrow, Saturday.

The band will play from 3.30pm and a service starts 4pm

Contact the National Trust at Stowe on 01280 822850 for more information.

Other carol performances will be held at the main Tesco in Buckingham this Sunday, December 12, and on Friday, December 17.