You are invited to A4D’s Christmas Concert 2021
Let the festivities begin! Join us at Hampstead Parish Church on Tuesday 30th November for an enchanting live performance from the remarkable Songhaven, and celebrate with a mulled wine and mince pie in hand.
Enjoy renditions from the operatic stage, tunes from the classic musicals, popular songs from the past, as well as a couple of festive favourites for good measure!
This is a relaxed and dementia-friendly concert, where Vivien Conacher (mezzo-soprano) and Songhaven artists will be sure to uplift your spirits.
Your support will help us continue to inspire people living with dementia in the community. Any donations made on the night will be doubled, with grateful thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Where: Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, London NW3 6UU
Date: Tuesday 30th November 2021
Time: 6:30 – 9pm. The performance will start at 7pm.
Tickets: £15 which includes a welcome drink and mince pie on arrival. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Your ticket price will go straight to A4D to support people living with dementia, through the arts.
Travel Info: The nearest tube station is Hampstead which is a short 5 minute walk from Hampstead Parish Church. Alternatively, if you are travelling via overground Finchley Road and Frognal is the closest station. From here it is a 15 minute walk or you can jump on the 13/113 bus to Finchley Road/College Crescent.
About our performers:
Vivien Conacher (Mezzo-Soprano)
Sydney-born Vivien Conacher trained at the Royal College of Music (M.Perf with Distinction), ENO Opera Works, and the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme. She has performed for companies including Wexford Festival Opera, Pop Up Opera, Grange Park Opera and Iford Arts Festival. Vivien is a professional Event Producer and runs professional dementia-friendly music events through her not-for-profit organisation, Songhaven.
Monica McGhee (Soprano)
Scottish Soprano Monica McGhee was a Young artist at The National Opera Studio 2020/21. She has performed regularly with Scottish Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Internationally she has sung with Royal Opera House for their tour to Japan in 2019 and with Bergen National Opera. Monica has also appeared as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall most notably singing to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the festival of Remembrance.
Philip Clieve (Tenor)
Lancashire born tenor Philip Clieve gained both his MMus and Bachelors’ from the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a Young artist at the National Opera Studio 2020/21 and an Associate Artist in 2021/22. Philip enjoys a varied career performing oratorio and song repertoire as well as operatic performances for companies including British Youth Opera, Opera Seria, Buxton Festival Opera, and Grange Park Opera.
Nico de Villiers (Pianist)
South African-born pianist Nico de Villiers holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and a PhD from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he continues to work as a vocal coach. He performs internationally with recent appearances include the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Bonn Kammermusiksaal.
What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
A4D is honoured to have been selected to be part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. For seven days, from midday on Tuesday 30th November until midday on the 7th December, your donations to A4D through The Big Give will be doubled. If you enjoy the concert, please consider donating to A4D on the night – no amount is too big or too small.
A4D believes that people living with dementia and their carers have the right to enjoy life to the full. We develop arts programmes to empower, re-energise and inspire people with early-stage dementia and carers through challenging artistic stimulation. Our signposting website lists local arts events for people living with dementia, and our training for arts facilitators enables them to deliver effective workshops. A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often much more than they imagine.