Church concert marks start of festive season

St Agnes will perform at St Mary's Church in Banbury on Tuesday, December 15. Photo by Bryan Ledgard
St Agnes will perform at St Mary's Church in Banbury on Tuesday, December 15. Photo by Bryan Ledgard

The opening bars of St Agnes Fountain’s first song at their annual festive concert will announce that Christmas is well and truly on its way in Banbury.

The four musicians will take to the stage at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, December 15 to perform their rhythmed-up carols and Christmas music.

Fiddle player Chris Leslie, who lives in Adderbury, said: “This is our 15th year together and we’re looking forward to it as much as ever.

“It’s a very special time for us and it’s wonderful that so many people see their St Agnes Fountain gig as the official start of Christmas.”

The band consists of Chris Leslie (of Fairport Convention fame) and fellow musician David Hughes, who sings, plays guitar and ukulele.

Award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews complete the band’s line-up with their amazing vocals and skilled playing on a variety of instruments into the mix.

This year the programme of music will feature tracks from the band’s newly released Best-Of - Volume 2 album and each member has chosen a reading with an evocative, seasonal connection.

The band tours for a limited number of gigs in December following intensive rehearsals at a mountainside venue in the Lake District where they prepare each unforgettable show.

“We lock ourselves away for three days in a gorgeous space at the house of some friends in Cumbria,” Chris added.

“At the end of that time we perform a house-gig for them through which they raise money for charity.

“We’ve got some super new numbers to play this year. David has set another traditional carol to the music of a chart track and Chris and Julie have written some brilliant new songs.

“The concerts stand the test of time; we never foresaw St Agnes Fountain would go on so long. It’s the only time we really see each other all year and lots of energy goes into it. We love it as much as our audiences do.”

The event will take place at St Mary’s Church in Banbury on Tuesday, December 15 starting at 8pm.

Tickets for the concert cost £18 each - call 01295 253329 to book.