brass and voices in close harmony

Tideswell Male Voice Choir''Photo by Geoff Ford
Tideswell Male Voice Choir''Photo by Geoff Ford

Get yourself into the Christmas spirit when the renowned Tideswell Male Voice Choir and the Cromford-based Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band team up.

Their annual Christmas Spectacular takesplace at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Theatre on Sunday, December 8.

This will be a traditional musical feast with all the trimmings, featuring the children from South Darley C of E Primary School and Longstone C of E Primary School, directed by Louise Hopkins, plus a special visit from Father Christmas, who this year will be joined by some very special helpers from Helen’s Trust and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

There will be plenty of surprises and audience participation. The evening starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased from the Winding Wheel box office or from the ticket hotline on 01298 77947.

There will be an earlier opportunity to hear this famous male chorus perform as they take part in the Bowden Festival on Saturday, November 30, starting at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Bowden, Cheshire. Edwina Currie, president of Tideswell Male Voice Choir, will act as presenter for the evening and St Mary’s will be filled with the mellifluous tones of T.M.V.C, along with soloist Charlotte Hoather.

Throughout December, Christmas shoppers will be treated to a number of “stocking-fillers” in Bakewell, Tideswell and Buxton, not to mention a number of functions at The Palace Hotel, Blythe House Hospice and Brunswick Garden Village Sheffield.

n On Sunday, December 1, shops on Smedley Street in Matlock will be opening their doors for one Sunday only for Christmas shopping in the unique independent stores found there. This will include Designate’s gift shop, selling handmade clocks and serving mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, accompanied by live, free music.