From Boughton to Bethlehem

Wednesday 4th December 2019 at Union Chapel

Christmas with Greenbelt Festival Friends

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An evening of song, laughter and Christmas cheer with some of our festival favourites. Soothe your Christmas concerns by kick-starting your festive season with some seasoned and familiar faces.

Hosted and compered by the incomparable Harry and Chris and culminating in the most uplifting singalong mass-e-oke experience you will ever have – The OK Christmas Chorale – this will be a night to remember.

Featuring stellar spoken word from poet Bridget Minamore, former Gogglebox star and Celebrity Masterchef semi-finalist the Rev Kate Bottley, the Union Chapel Artists (three wonderful singers putting a contemporary twist on some Christmas classics), and Folk On – with capers and and their unforgettable Christmas hit Pants, It Must Be Christmas Time.

You can also book in to dine in the Union Chapel Bar through the venue’s Early Dinners scheme – with beautiful food prepared and served by Margins Cafe (working with people facing homelessness and crisis).

There will be festival-friendly traders there – like Zaytoun with Palestinian produce and Out of the Box with alternative cards – for last-minute Christmas shopping. We’ll have festival merchandise available, too.

Donations can be made on the night to Union Chapel’s Margins Project — for people facing homelessness & crisis.

An evening of song, laughter and Christmas cheer with some of our festival favourites. Soothe your Christmas concerns by kick-starting your festive season with some seasoned and familiar faces.

Hosted and compered by the incomparable Harry and Chris and culminating in the most uplifting singalong mass-e-oke experience you will ever have – The OK Christmas Chorale – this will be a night to remember.

Featuring stellar spoken word from poet Bridget Minamore, former Gogglebox star and Celebrity Masterchef semi-finalist the Rev Kate Bottley, the Union Chapel Artists (three wonderful singers putting a contemporary twist on some Christmas classics), and Folk On – with capers and and their unforgettable Christmas hit Pants, It Must Be Christmas Time.

You can also book in to dine in the Union Chapel Bar through the venue’s Early Dinners scheme – with beautiful food prepared and served by Margins Cafe (working with people facing homelessness and crisis).

There will be festival-friendly traders there – like Zaytoun with Palestinian produce and Out of the Box with alternative cards – for last-minute Christmas shopping. We’ll have festival merchandise available, too.

Donations can be made on the night to Union Chapel’s Margins Project — for people facing homelessness & crisis.

Harry and Chris

As the nation’s favourite Comedy-Rap-Jazz duo, Harry and Chris have performed together ever since they went to the same school and Chris won the battle of the bands competition while Harry was awarded ‘most potential’. 

Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are at the top of their field, after inventing the field of comedy-rap-jazz. They’ve sold out three Edinburgh shows, appeared on the Russell Howard Hour and were called ‘fabulously entertaining’ by Jonathan Ross (and they didn’t even pay him to say it). 

Making comedy-jazz-rap a thing, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

Bridget Minamore

Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, dramaturg, and journalist, writing for The Guardian about pop culture, theatre, race and class. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.

Rev Kate Bottley

Originally from Sheffield, the Reverend Kate Bottley is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible.

She is also a rather fabulous cook, as her journey on Celebrity Masterchef showed when she reached the semi-final in 2017. Kate now presents Sunday on BBC Radio 2 with Jason Mohammed.

Folk On

Folk On write and play folk songs of unity and belonging, of solving conflicts and unyielding happiness – with the occasional tune about hopeless love lives, dead horses or Morris dancers. Like a brand new pair of slippers, there is something exciting yet entirely familiar about their music and stories. Folk On’s sound is honest and pure, with tight rural harmonies and melodies as sweet as village fete jam. Their songs and tales of rural life always bring a smile to the face, a laugh- filled tear to the eye and a desire to join in with a good old-fashioned village sing- along.

Masashi Fujimoto

Masashi Fujimoto is a Japanese actor, singer, musician, and entertainer who lives in London, UK. He was born in Hiroshima and graduated in music from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo in 1985. He joined Nikikai Opera in 1988. He moved to Italy in 1992, then to the UK in 1995.

Fujimoto’s most high-profile role was as the MC, Mr Banzai, in the Channel 4 and Fox show Banzai. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC Two comedy series Roman’s Empire as Mr Hokkasawa.

Claudina Edwards

Claudina Edwards has trained in vocal techniques for in excess of 20 years. Working with a variety of coaches, each specialising in a different area of technique, Alice Hyde, (ROH), Mary Banks, (LAMDA), and Cleveland Watkiss (virtuoso vocalist, actor who has worked with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz, Gospel and Pop performers). She is currently working with Jenny Gould (Composer, Singer, Musician, Musical Director) and Paula Anglin (Jazz, Folk, Opera Singer.)

Anna Liisa Donatella

Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practising and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age, singing in the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester and since joined and led many more choirs and winning a Gospel Mentorship.

The OK Christmas Chorale

What better way to close a Christmas gathering than to join together and raise your voices in song in the most heart-warming mass-e-oke gathering you’ll ever experience.

The OK Christmas Chorale is for everyone to enjoy – young old, whether you can sing or not. With a house band of Greenbelters, led by Chris Read (of Harry & Chris) belting out a repertoire of irresistible Christmas classics, the OK Chorale will send you home with a smile and a sore throat. Ready for Christmas.