READY: Warwick Choral Society members
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Christmas in Australia hits Warwick stage tomorrow

A SPECIAL event tomorrow will give Warwick audiences a trip back through the history of Christmas in Australia.

The production, presented by the Warwick Choral Society, will travel through the songs and traditions of the Australian Christmas, as seen through the eyes of several characters. Concert organiser and conductor Alison Baistow said the work had been in the Warwick Choral Society archive for many years.

"We last performed it probably 20 years ago,” she said.

"It's had a fresh update to bring it into the 21st century and is a wonderful production with some beautiful songs.”

The production features 21 songs and is tied together with the help of a narrator, as each character is introduced from the timelines of history.

The characters portray all walks of life from a convict to a gold rush miner, an outback wife to a World War 1 nurse.

Each cast member will play a different character and have the chance to share a story about their unique historical view of Christmas.

Miss Baistow said the show would feature three community songs.

"We'd love to see everyone sing along with us,” she said.

"Of the other songs, some are well-known and some not so well-known.

"There are traditionals, contemporary songs and even one carol written by two Warwick women, which is a lovely touch.”

The song, The Feeling Is Christmas, words by Natalie Ford and music by Fay Mooney.

Miss Baistow said the Australian Christmas had changed markedly over the years. "At the start, at settlement and for quite a while after, Christmas was very British with hot roasts and plum puddings, and while they still exist, nowadays it's more Australian, prawns and Pavlova,” she said.

"This event is one of our major fund raisers for the year and we'd like to see as many people as possible come along to support us and celebrate the real season of Christmas.”

Christmas in Australia will be staged at Williams Hall at the Warwick Uniting Church on Guy St from 2pm, entry is $10.

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