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A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas!This suite of pieces takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol”. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!The Alan Barnes Octet is: Alan Barnes – saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, Bruce Adams – trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale – trombone, Robert Fowler – saxophones and clarinet, Karen Sharp – saxophones and clarinet, David Newton – piano, Simon Thorpe – bass, Clark Tracey – drums.

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