Marking the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ it has been announced that actor Simon Callow and The Brighouse and Rastrick Band will join forces to release a very special album this Christmas.
Released on the 1st December, the CD will combine the actor’s acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ together with traditional Christmas carols performed by The Brighouse and Rastrick Band.
Originally published in 1843, the classic Christmas tale is presented in a new way by incorporating music to enhance Simon Callow’s reading on the first CD. Meanwhile, the second CD will include many of the well known and love Christmas Carols performed by The Brighouse and Rastrick Band, including ‘Silent Night’, ‘Away In A Manager’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’.
In December 2016, Simon Callow performed his one man version of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre. The performance was directed by Tom Cairns and will now be able to be enjoyed on CD.
Talking about the news the actor said: “Charles Dickens is one of the supreme storytellers of all time; it’s always been a joy for me to perform not just the characters and the dialogue but to speak in the uniquely compelling voice of the author himself. It’s been wonderful to come back again, for new listeners and to old, to the timeless place in all our hearts that ‘A Christmas Carol’ occupies, this time with the addition of marvellously stirring music to accompany what is a story that will never cease to be relevant, moving and funny for as long as stories are told.”
The music is performed by The Brighouse and Rastrick Band, who are the current national brass band champions.
A Christmas Carol will be released on the 1st December.