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If there is such a thing as a ‘greater number than capacity’ that is exactly what those who attended A Dickens of a Christmas in the Cathedral on Monday 16 December saw!

The vergers exhausted the supply of extra chairs, such was the crowd, and this, despite the heat of Summer. Reaction to this event, staged for the second year in succession following many requests received in 2012, indicates that the combination of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with fine seasonal music expertly performed, plus the ambience lent to it all by the building itself, has given us one of the most popular events in the Cathedral calendar.

The costumed actors, Jenny Davis and Anthony Howes, vividly brought to life the many characters of Dickens’ poignant tale. Stewart Smith, as organist and accompanist, led the eight carollers in a wide range of music from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, featuring husband and wife singers Katherine and Justin Friend, to bass Ronald Macqueen inthe ‘popular’ Little Drummer Boy. The audience was in fine voice in various carols, as were all the carollers, whether in choral settings or duets, such as Handel’s Oh Lovely Peace (soprano Lauren Foster and mezzo Courtney Pitman). Graeme Napier, Sarah Cranfield, and David Gething made up rest of the singing forces, heard to great effect in, for example, the traditional French carol, Masters in the Hall.

Significantly, the audience was made up people of all age groups, with many families with young and teenage children.

All the proceeds go to provide quality street swags for the homeless of Perth and Fremantle. Even with the low ticket price, the concert raised nearly $6,500 for this cause.

A Dickens of a Christmas was presented by the Cathedral, and supported by the Order of St John and VolunteeringWA.

If there is such a thing as a ‘greater number than capacity’ that is exactly what those who attended A Dickens of a Christmas in the Cathedral on Monday 16 December saw!

The vergers exhausted the supply of extra chairs, such was the crowd, and this, despite the heat of Summer. Reaction to this event, staged for the second year in succession following many requests received in 2012, indicates that the combination of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with fine seasonal music expertly performed, plus the ambience lent to it all by the building itself, has given us one of the most popular events in the Cathedral calendar.

The costumed actors, Jenny Davis and Anthony Howes, vividly brought to life the many characters of Dickens’ poignant tale. Stewart Smith, as organist and accompanist, led the eight carollers in a wide range of music from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, featuring husband and wife singers Katherine and Justin Friend, to bass Ronald Macqueen inthe ‘popular’ Little Drummer Boy. The audience was in fine voice in various carols, as were all the carollers, whether in choral settings or duets, such as Handel’s Oh Lovely Peace (soprano Lauren Foster and mezzo Courtney Pitman). Graeme Napier, Sarah Cranfield, and David Gething made up rest of the singing forces, heard to great effect in, for example, the traditional French carol, Masters in the Hall.

Significantly, the audience was made up people of all age groups, with many families with young and teenage children.

All the proceeds go to provide quality street swags for the homeless of Perth and Fremantle. Even with the low ticket price, the concert raised nearly $6,500 for this cause.

A Dickens of a Christmas was presented by the Cathedral, and supported by the Order of St John and VolunteeringWA.