You might think that between the end of our production in November, and the start of rehearsals in January for our Spring production, we would take a break from singing. But Christmas is a special time of year for singers and many of us are involved in other choirs and groups, gearing up for some of their biggest productions of the year.
Christmas is also a very important time of year for Heber Opera as it provides us with not only one of our most enjoyable events but also a key fundraiser for the company, carol singing at the Bluebell Railway. For 9 nights this December, we entertained the guests of the Bluebell Railway on their Golden Arrow Pullman dining service. Our job is to lead the Christmas carols as the train arrives at Sheffield Park station and while they de-couple the engine and move it to the other end of the train ready for the journey back down the track.
We love to sing Christmas carols, particularly the harmonised versions arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter. Many of the guests will leave the train and join in the singing and together we make a wonderful seasonal sound. After working our way through a good number of carols, the train is ready to depart and the guests return to their seats before the train steams off back towards Horsted Keynes. Then we can have a well earned mince pie or slice of Christmas cake before the drive home.