Grosvenor Museum hosts musical retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

27 November 2017

A brand-new musical retelling of the best-loved Christmas adventure of them all is coming to the Grosvenor Museum’s Victorian lecture theatre on Thursday 7 December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

GreenMatthews (Chris Green and Sophie Matthews) who play traditional English songs using a range of ancient instruments will bring the story to life. Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was first published in 1843, highlighting the traditional British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every generation since. GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims' Way) use new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, with a blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite in ‘A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera’.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “A Christmas Carol is a tale that has been retold and reinvented by each new generation for the last 170 years, much like a classic folk song, so it seems a natural progression to retell it using traditional folk music. This is the perfect show for everyone wanting to get into the festive spirit.’’ The first half of the show presents a blend of Victorian carols and midwinter folk songs which paint a vivid and colourful picture of the festive season in Dickens’ time. The second half is an hour-long ‘folk opera’ telling the tale of how miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visits over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning completely transformed with a positive, cheery Christmas spirit - warm-hearted, generous and loving. This heart-warming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera’ is at the Grosvenor Museum on Thursday 7 December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets cost £10, available online from, from the Museum Shop on 01244 972112, or on the door on the night. Tickets include a glass of wine and a mince pie. For further details visit

Members of GreenMatthews with special guest Jude Rees (left)

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