‘Step Into Christmas’ sounds the start of the holiday season


Article and images by Jonathan White


Live music concert ‘Step into Christmas’ took place on the evening of Saturday 1st December 2018 at St Mary’s Church in Nantwich.

The concert featured Crewe Brass, drummers from Cheshire Drums & Bugles, European mezzo soprano Emma Brown and Acton CE Primary Academy choir conducted by headteacher Rachael McKinley.

Lydia Price accompanied on piano, while Matt Pithers from Crewe Brass was the musical director and also introduced each piece of music.

The concert featured a mixture of brass band music, vocal scores, carols, and hymns.

It reached a crescendo with a rousing ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ sung by the choir, Emma Brown and the audience, accompanied by Crewe Brass.

Special guests were mayor of Nantwich Cllr David Marren with mayoress Belinda Marren, mayor of Cheshire East Borough Cllr Lesley Smetham and her consort David Smetham, plus Rotary Club of Crewe president Neil Fearn.

Concert organiser Robert Richardson said: “I couldn’t be prouder and be more grateful to the band, the drummers from Cheshire Drums & Bugles, the children from Acton, Lydia Price and of course the wonderful Emma Brown, who flew in from Holland especially for this concert. 

“Everything came together like clockwork and has given everyone who attended a fantastic start to the holiday season.”

Proceeds will be split between Crewe Brass and St Mary’s Church with a donation to Acton CE Primary Academy.

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