Where would carols events be without musical theatre performers? There are so many wonderful performances to choose from when compiling a top ten list, but here’s a selection of clips featuring artists who have graced our stages this year or have upcoming shows currently on sale.

 

1. First up, here’s the Holy City with Mark Vincent (Dirty Dancing). It is followed by ‘The Prayer’ with Jemma Rix (Wicked, Ghost); while it’s not a “Christmas” song, it’s worth listening to.

Carols in the Domain, 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkk9C4DvdGw

 

2. The cast of The Sound of Music sing about their Favourite Things then a lonely goatherd inspired rendition of Deck The Halls.
Carols in the Domain, 2015.

 

3. Glaston Toft is currently appearing in Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical. Here he is as part of the Jersey Boys cast.

Also with him is Scott Johnson, who will take to the stage in Little Shop of Horrors when it opens at the Hayes Theatre next year.

Carols By Candlelight – 2009

 

4. King Kong is currently hibernating, but his cast mates have gone on to other shows.  Leading lady Esther Hannaford (Ann Darrow) delivered a critically acclaimed performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It, while Adam Lyon (Carl Denham) opened a musical he composed about the life of Ned Kelly. Hannaford will return to the stage in 2016 in The Little Shop of Horrors.

Cast of King Kong and friends- 2013

 

5. Christie Whelan Browne took to the stage in two musicals by The Production Company this year (Nice Work If You Can Get It and Jerry’s Girls). Here she is joined by Emma Pask, Lucy Durack and Amy Lehpamer who is currently wowing audiences as Maria in The Sound of Music.

Carols By Candlelight – 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJLCke6PmSU&feature=youtu.be&t=51s

 

6. Once closed earlier this year. Violinist Amy Lehpamer is currently performing as Maria in The Sound of Music and banjo-playing Brent Hill was the sole male performer in Jerry’s Girls. Hill will return to the stage in 2016 in Little Shop of Horrors.

Cast of Once – 2014

 

7. Marina Prior is a regular Carols By Candlelight performer and this carol is a favourite. She is currently playing the Baroness in The Sound of Music.

Carols By Candlelight – 2014

 

8. The cast of Les Miserables perform God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Carols By Candlelight – 2014

 

9. It wouldn’t be Carols By Candelight without Jerry Girls leading lady, Silvie Paladino!

Carols By Candlelight – 2014

 

10.  Our final song comes from David Harris (Wicked, Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde), currently living in New York and returning in February for Defying Gravity The Songs of Stephen Schwartz. Here’s ‘O Holy Night’ and a Christmas greeting to everyone.

David Harris – Bedroom Jam Session, 2015

 

 

 

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