What’s on in Oxfordshire this December

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whats on in Oxfordshire this December

As the winter chill sets in, Oxfordshire comes alive with a delightful array of festive events and activities to enjoy. Below is just a small selection of some of the things to do this December.

A Jacobean Christmas

Saturday 2nd December
St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Oxford, OX2 6BG

‘A Jacobean Christmas: A Joyful Celebration of Early English Music’

Prepare to be transported to the splendid era of the Jacobean period with ‘A Jacobean Christmas,’ a musical extravaganza presented by the acclaimed Marian Consort. As part of their ongoing collaboration with Music at Oxford, this festive program promises to immerse you in the enchanting world of early English composers at the height of their creativity during the Stuart court’s renowned festivities.

The performance will feature a delightful mix of exuberant compositions alongside more introspective sacred works by celebrated English composers like Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes, and Bull. These timeless pieces not only showcase the exceptional talent of their creators but also offer glimpses into the colourful lives of these maestros.

Adding to the evening’s charm, the Jericho Youth Choir and St. Barnabas Choristers will join forces with The Marian Consort for three special pieces. This collaboration is part of the ‘With One Voice Learning and Participation’ project, a year-long initiative that brings together schoolchildren from Jericho to work alongside music leaders and members of The Marian Consort on various singing and composition projects throughout 2023-24.

Please note that this enchanting program will be performed without an interval, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magical music of the Jacobean era. To enhance the festive atmosphere, mulled wine and mince pies will be available for purchase, making this a perfect evening to embrace the holiday spirit.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the beauty and grandeur of a Jacobean Christmas with The Marian Consort and Music at Oxford.

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

Festive Wreath Making Workshop

Sunday 3rd December
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

‘Embrace the Festive Spirit at a Wreath Making Workshop!’

The air is getting crisp, and the scent of pine and cinnamon is beginning to fill the atmosphere. The holiday season is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to embrace its magic than by creating your very own festive wreath.

Crafting a beautiful wreath is a beloved tradition that signals the arrival of the holiday season. It’s a symbol of warmth and welcome, a gesture of love and goodwill to all who enter your home. But why settle for store-bought when you can craft a wreath infused with your own style and spirit?

The workshop is led by the talented and eco-conscious florist, Melissa, who has a passion for sustainable living. She will guide you on this creative journey, helping you craft a wreath that reflects your unique personality and celebrates the beauty of the natural world.

All the materials and equipment you need for this workshop will be provided, ensuring that you can fully immerse yourself in the joy of crafting without worrying about the logistics. Whether you’re a seasoned wreath-making pro or brand new to this delightful art form, Melissa will ensure that you leave with a stunning wreath that will be the envy of your neighbours.

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

Pretty Woman The Musical

Monday 04 to Saturday 09 December
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Takes Centre Stage at New Theatre Oxford

Get ready for a glamorous night out because “Pretty Woman: The Musical” is coming to New Theatre Oxford, this show promises a big, huge, and unforgettable evening of entertainment.

Step back in time to the late ’80s, where the enchanting story of Vivian and Edward unfolds. Their chance encounter changes their lives forever, and you can now experience this iconic romantic tale live on stage. ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ is a dazzling theatrical rendition of a timeless love story, sure to sweep you off your feet. It’s a show that took London’s West End by storm and is set to do the same in Oxford, guaranteed to uplift your spirits and warm your heart.

This production introduces the talented Amber Davies as Vivian and Oliver Savile as Edward, breathing new life into these beloved characters. Joining them in the cast is Natalie Paris, renowned for her role as Kit de Luca, originally from the hit musical “SIX: the Musical.” Don’t miss the chance to see Hollywood’s ultimate rom-com come to life on stage. ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ is a night of theatrical magic that you won’t want to miss!

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

Craig Charles – Funk & Soul House Party

Friday 8th December
02 Academy Oxford, 190 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UE

‘Groove the Night Away with Craig Charles – Funk & Soul Extravaganza!’

Prepare for the ultimate funk and soul house party with none other than the maestro of groove, Craig Charles. Step into Craig’s musical sanctuary as he delves deep into his expansive record collection to curate an unforgettable night of pure, unadulterated funk, soul, and house beats. This is more than just a party; it’s a journey through the soulful sounds that make you move, groove, and keep coming back for more.

Craig Charles, a name synonymous with smooth grooves and infectious beats, has been a fixture in the music scene for over three decades. He’s not just a DJ; he’s a musical tour de force. From the iconic stages of Glastonbury to the airwaves of BBC 6 Music, Craig has captivated audiences with his boundless energy and unparalleled musical prowess. Join him on the dance floor, where he’ll take you on a sonic adventure that’ll have you dancing until the early hours.

Expect straight-up groove bangers, exclusive funk and soul cuts, and a vibe that’s nothing short of electric. This is more than just a night out; it’s a musical journey that’ll leave an indelible mark on your soul. So, turn up the volume, gather your friends, and get ready for a night that you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come. With Craig Charles at the helm, it’s a night you won’t want to miss.

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

That 80s Christmas Rock Show 2023

Saturday 9th December
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

‘Get Ready to Rock This Christmas with That 80s Rock Show 2023!’

Do you have a soft spot for Bon Jovi, Queen, Bonnie Tyler, Journey, and Guns N’ Roses? Are you still livin’ on a prayer and will never stop believing in the power of rock? Do you have an insatiable thirst to fight for your right to party? Well, hold onto your air guitars because here we go again!

That 80s Christmas Rock Show is the ultimate rock tribute to the glorious 1980s. Picture over two hours of mind-blowing rock anthems and power ballads that pay homage to an era when music was larger than life. Get ready to relive the magic of legendary bands like Whitesnake, Heart, Def Leppard, Kiss, and many more, all set against a backdrop of 80s film themes and TV quotes. And because it’s Christmas, you’ll also be treated to those spectacular 80s Christmas classics that we all know and love!

This is no ordinary show; it’s a 100% live spectacle with dazzling lights, lasers, a dash of smoke, and enough animal print (faux, of course!) and spandex to make the 80s proud. The atmosphere is incredibly tongue-in-cheek and family-friendly, promising an unforgettable night of rock anthems and character-filled performances that’ll have you throwing up rock fingers and singing along.

Having toured theatres and headlined festivals across the UK for the past six years, this show brings an infectious energy and love for 80s rock that’s sure to captivate rock enthusiasts of all ages.

So whether you’re a child of the 80s or simply wish you were, grab your 80s gear (don’t forget the Christmas hats!) and get ready to rock the night away with That 80s Christmas Rock Show. Are you ready to relive the magic?

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

The Churchfitters

Monday 18th December
The Theatre Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

‘The Churchfitters: Where Folk Meets Inventive Musical Genius’

Prepare to be thoroughly entertained by The Churchfitters, a folk band that defies convention and redefines the genre. This extraordinary trio, hailing from England and France, will grace the stage at The Theatre Chipping Norton, promising a musical experience like no other.

The Churchfitters’ line-up is as eclectic as their sound. Picture a double bass crafted from a humble saucepan, heart-rending vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp, and foot-stomping fiddle melodies interwoven with infectious funk-rock rhythms. Their repertoire seamlessly blends traditional tunes with mesmerising jazz saxophone, creating a harmonious fusion that captivates audiences.

The stage itself is a spectacle, adorned with an array of instruments, including flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki, and a cacophony of percussion instruments. One notable addition to their ensemble is the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine, ingeniously crafted from hack-saw blades. The Churchfitters’ performance is elevated by exquisite harmonies, a collection of startlingly original songs, and a sprinkling of humour that effortlessly connects with their audience.

Rosie Short, often likened to Annie Lennox in full musical flight, possesses an achingly beautiful voice that effortlessly transitions from husky blues to plaintive femme folk and ethereal original compositions. She’s not just a vocalist but a ‘one-woman orchestra,’ skilfully switching between multiple instruments, including flute, saxophone, banjo, tin whistle, dulcimer, ukulele, and an assortment of unconventional percussive elements.

Rosie’s brother, Chris, brings his feverishly fast fiddling skills to the forefront, coaxing even the most reserved of spectators onto their feet for a lively dance. His proficiency extends to the mandolin, harmonising beautifully with Rosie’s vocals. Chris also doubles as a witty raconteur, which is essential when you’re playing a musical saw.

Completing this eclectic ensemble is Boris Lebret from Lannion, France, a part bass player, part mad inventor. Boris’s passion for crafting unique instruments from scrap metal sets him apart. When four strings were insufficient for his driving bass rhythms, he didn’t hesitate to bolt on another two, demonstrating his knack for pushing boundaries.

The Churchfitters’ “Christmas Cracker” show promises a delectable mix of traditional and original festive songs that will usher in Christmas with flair. Expect surprises, novelties, and even a few wonderfully terrible jokes. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical experience that celebrates the fusion of folk music and inventive genius.

For more information and tickets, please click here to visit their website.

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