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Four Trophies! It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – or is it?

(December 03, 2014)

The hottest Christmas ticket in town for the people of Romsey has for several years been the Michelmersh Silver Band concert in the Plaza Theatre. Billed as ‘100% Christmas’, the concerts have earned a reputation for being evenings packed with high-quality Christmas music, lots of festive fun and a chance to sing some favourite carols. The ever-popular entertainer Mark Ponsford returns as guest compere this year, bringing his own brand of comedy to the concert which as always will feature a visit from Santa and a few surprise treats for audience members. Or will it?

 Local gossip has it that all is not sweetness, light and Christmas cheer this year in the Band Hall in Timsbury; that it certainly is NOT ‘Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas’ as the concert title suggests. Rumour has it that Scrooge is alive and well in deepest Timsbury, in the persona of the Band’s Treasurer! It seems that, on overhearing a comment from a departing audience member last year that: “They really shouldn’t call that a concert – it’s much more than that, it’s a show!”, Mr Treasurer decided that precious funds were being wasted on frivolities like stage decorations, gifts and new music. All year he has been holding the purse strings very tight, threatening the very essence of the concert audiences love. Even a haul of silver cups won at the annual Wessex Brass Band Winter Contest held in Bournemouth at the weekend, at which the band was awarded Best Championship Section Band; Best Trombone Section, and Best Instrumentalist trophies, has failed to persuade him to loosen his hold.

Band members’ pleas to part with some cash to make their favourite performance of the year the special treat it has always been, have so far fallen on deaf ears, so they will be looking for a little Christmas magic to help them out. Will they succeed? Will a visit from the Hairy-Fairy Godmothers provide the magic they need to bring the spirit of Christmas present to the Plaza Theatre?  To find out and to kick-start your Christmas, come along to ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ on Monday 8th or Tuesday 9th December – but hurry tickets are selling fast! 

Tickets online at www.plazatheatre.com or from the Romsey Tourist Information Centre on 01794 512987.

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