'A Christmas Box' Opens the Festivities

Crowborough Arts welcomed Christmas early last December. The Green Cottage Music Room was at its festive best and set the scene for a programme of Christmas music, poems and prose extracts.
Items included both the serious and the comic, the literary and musical. Some of them were familiar to the audience such as ‘The Cratchit’s Christmas Dinner’ by Dickens, but others less so such as U A Fanthorpe’s poem ‘BC/AD’ and Carol Ann Duffy’s richly descriptive ‘Wenceslas’ which was performed chorally. ‘The Turkey Twelve Days of Christmas’ was a humorous reminder of what lay in store and an extract from Dylan Thomas’s ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ gave an amusing account of Christmas presents from the past, both ‘useless’ and ‘useful’. Other humorous items included ‘Talking Turkeys’ by Benjamin Zephaniah and Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Nativity Play’ sketch. The various items were interspersed with snippets about the origins of Christmas.

On the musical side of things, Jenny and James Dinnage
played beautiful recorder music which perfectly captured
the spirit of earlier Christmases. Angela Vernon Bates
sang ‘The Huron Carol’ from the seventeenth century,
while Alice Rose Barnard sang the more contemporary
‘Santa Baby’. Ken Mellor contributed appropriately on the

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Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith

Emma, who first performed for CA in 2015 as part of the Aurora Trio, returned on 6th November last year to give a flute and piano recital with pianist Daniel King Smith.

It was a full house as usual and the varied programme included work by J S Bach and a stunningly virtuoso piece specially composed for the duo by Karl Jenkins, in which Emma had choreographed moves which synchronised with her playing. It was a pleasure to welcome Emma back and to meet Dan and we hope they will return to play for us again soon.