Take the words of the first female poet laureate, original music from a composer whose tunes are said to be a ‘gift from heaven’ and a dash of an RSC actor, and you have this season’s offering from Market Rasen Choral Society.
The Manchester Carols was first performed on December 14 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and it comprises 12 carols, plus an encore, linked by a narration.
Now exactly seven years on, it comes to Market Rasen Methodist Chapel.
The words are by Carol Ann Duffy, who had had an ambition for a long time to collaborate in writing new carols which drew their inspiration from the Nativity simply as a story: they are for everybody - the believer and the non-believer - and they celebrate the great joys of love, in all its forms.
The music, by Sasha Johnson Manning, is attractive - traditional in style, and full of catchy tunes.
Two young singers with Scunthorpe connections are the soloists - Laura Barnes (Soprano) and Adam Gouldin (Baritone) - and the narrator is Ian Hogg, who has lived in Nettleton since 1976.
The performance starts at 2pm with tickets £10 - available on the door or in advance from ‘The Gift Horse’ and ‘Jacques Hardware’ in Market Rasen and ‘The Post Office ‘ in Caistor, or by phone on 01673 842619.