The programme will include many traditional carols and some new arrangements but the atmosphere will be one of warmth and community. A new version of that most atmospheric of holiday songs, “Silent Night” will be premiered on the night. Arranged by James Bond composer David Arnold, it will undoubtedly use the venue and assembled musicians to its best advantage.
She will be paired with the dashing Fernando Carratala Coloma whose chiselled features and athleticism are tailor-made for the part of the Nutcracker Doll who accompanies our heroine to magical lands. The second act is a non-stop procession of breathless set pieces and scintillating duets that have propelled many promising young performers towards the road to stardom.
The food festival takes place in the grounds, giving the stalls plenty of room for extra decorations and seating. Aside from an excellent selection of artisan produce, there will be demonstrations and talks from high-profile chefs like Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin. Live bands and carol singing will be on rotation at the historic palace bandstand pavilion.
Arsenal have hit a consistent vein of form and in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang they now have a proven striker to go with their inventive approach play. Spurs will look to start hard and fast, so as to disrupt their opponent’s midfield so the tussle between England prodigy Dele Alli and the relatively inexperienced Arsenal back four will be key.