Ridgeway Singers & Band unveil Christmas concert programme

CAROLS, folk songs, poems and stories will be on the agenda at a series of Christmas concerts by The Ridgeway Singers & Band.

Formed 10 years ago by Artsreach as part of the South Dorset Ridgeway project, the group specialises in performing the old gallery carols made famous by Thomas Hardy in Under the Greenwood Tree.

The singers are accompanied by nine musicians, playing stringed and woodwind instruments, and the concerts evoke the fun, friendship and excitement of old-fashioned country Christmases when the entertainment was local and home-made, the band said.

The group is led by renowned serpent player and member of the Mellstock Band, Phil Humphries, and actor and folk musician Tim Laycock, who is also the artistic director of the New Hardy Players.

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This year, the Ridgeway Singers & Band begin at Abbotsbury in the parish church, where one of our first concerts took place, on December 8 from 7.30pm.

There follows a matinee performance at the Church of Lady St Mary, in Wareham, from 4pm on December 10.

The final concert will again be at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester from 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 20.

Tickets are available, priced at £12 for adults and £6 for under 18s, via or on 01305 262159.

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