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Christmas Gala

'one of the best Christmas concerts'

Classic FM

'Everything sounds – and looks – magical' ★★★★★ 
The Upcoming 

 'If there has ever been a time to reimagine the arts, it is now – and the Constella OperaBallet delivers exactly that'
Sadie Takes the Stage 

'There is a lot of talent on display from the dancers, singers, choreographers and arrangers. All musicians are very accomplished.' 
Broadway World  

'This is an impressive show with talented performers, some beautiful performances and all for a great cause.'
From Page to Stage

Constella is delighted to present an extravaganza of opera-ballet to bring Christmas cheer directly to a digital device near you! This gala is in aid of Constella's Connecting Stars, our live, interactive and virtual performance programme to support care home residents who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. 

Our first act will be framed within the context of Constella’s award-winning and critically acclaimed Sideshows, featuring a series of solos by Connecting Stars artists. Our second act will see showcase a Christmassy wonderland with some cherished favourites, including a daring reimaging of Handel's Messiah. 

The Bearded Lady from Sideshows 

The gala will begin with the jazz-inspired opera-ballet hailed by the Opera Magazine as "archaic fairground fun."

Piazzola's Adios Nonino arr. Matthew Hardy 

A fiery and virtuosic tango showcasing the accordionist Ilona Suomalainen 

Bach, Schubert and Heifetz

Violinist Philippa Mo and harpist Olivia present a series of beautiful duets including the Heifetz's luscious Deep River

Maria from West Side Story arr. Matthew Hardy 

Bernstein's beautiful song from the musical performed by International award-winning tenor Robin Bailey 

Habanera from Carmen arr. Bertie Baigent

Felicity Buckland performs one of the most famous and seductive arias ever written. 


He shall feed His flock like a shepherd  from The Messiah - WORLD PREMIERE 

A much-loved classic will have enriched meaning as an opera-ballet with new choreography by Jaered Glavin.


Nutcracker arr. Leo Geyer and Lucy Armstrong 

Dancers Alice Oakley-Jones and Matt Petty will come together in selection of performances from the essential Christmas ballet Nutcracker, finishing with Waltz of the Snowflakes in opera-ballet style with the original treble chorus.​



Premiere Production 

8th December 2020 

Virtual Theatre Production 

Artistic Director / Conductor Leo Geyer

Choreographer / Dancer Jaered Glavin

Dancer Alice Oakley Jones

Dancer Matt Petty


Soprano Jenny Begley

Mezzo-soprano Felicity Buckland

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Maby

Tenor Robin Bailey


Clarinets Anthony Friend

Trombone Elinor Chambers

Accordion Ilona Suomalainen

Harp Olivia Jageurs

Violin I Philippa Mo

Violin II Henry Rankin

Cello Mike Newman

Music Arranger Lucy Armstrong  

Music Arranger Bertie Baigent  

Music Arranger Matthew Hardy


Costume Designer Sebastian Freeburn

Make-up Artist Billie McKenzie


Videographer Ollie Bowring


Filmed at Studio Wayne McGregor

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