A Dickens of a knees-up!

Victorian carols and the story of Ebenezer Scrooge were on the menu for a community choir’s Christmas concert at Sutton-on-Derwent Village Hall.

The Stamford Bridge Singers held the event on 13 December in aid of Derwent Lions Club.

Despite early concerns about poor ticket sales, the concert attracted a capacity audience and featured well-loved and less familiar carols, as well as a series of dramatised readings from Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”.

Rosemary Downey. publicity officer for the Singers, said: “To the amusement of all, conductor Michael Wiles made a very mean and unpleasant Scrooge and members of the choir took other parts and narrated the story.

“The Singers were delighted to welcome Nicholas Haigh, Organ Scholar at York Minster, once again as their accompanist, and everyone enjoyed a couple of instrumental carols played by Rachel Derbyshire on flute and Nick Haigh on keyboard.

“The Singers are very grateful to John Newlove and the Derwent Lions for organising the concert and for providing mulled wine and mince pies for all at the end of the concert.”

The Singers will be singing carols today (26 December) in the Coppergate Centre in York from 7pm to 8.30pm.

This is in aid of the Martin House ‘Good Night’s Sleep Appeal’, which is sponsored by Radio York.