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2018-11-23 16:39:34

Tickets have gone on sale for Dorchester’s highly-anticipated The Coming of Christmas concert, where acclaimed actors Juliet Stevenson CBE and Michael Pennington will be spreading seasonal goodwill in aid of Hft.


Now in its 24th year, The Coming of Christmas is a candlelit evening filled with music and readings and a much-loved highlight of Dorchester’s festive calendar.

Juliet Stevenson CBE and Michael Pennington return to Dorchester Abbey on 6 December 2018 as special guest readers at the magical event, for which the Abbey is transformed by the light of more than 1,000 candles. The evening also features music from the internationally renowned Choir of Magdalen College Oxford, conducted by Mark Williams, as well as readings inspired by the season. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served to round off the evening.

Tickets are now available to purchase and all proceeds will go to Hft’s two services in Oxfordshire, helping to ensure that local people with learning disabilities receive the practical help, support and encouragement they need to live the best life possible.

Juliet Stevenson is one of the most respected actors of her generation, well known for her work on both stage and screen. Most recently, she has starred in the feature film Let Me Go, delivered sparkling performances in Mary Stuart and as Gertrude in Hamlet , both at the Almeida, and played the leading role in Wings at the Young Vic, widely acclaimed as a tour de force.

Juliet Stevenson

Michael Pennington is known for films Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Fragile and The Iron Lady. He was a triumphant King Lear in New York and before that played Edgar in The Dance of Death in London. He is co-founder of The English Shakespeare Company and author of several books, including his recent King Lear in Brooklyn.

Jodi Harford, Divisional Fundraising Manager for Hft, said:

“Tickets are now on sale for this magical event and we’d love to see lots of people there! Not only is The Coming of Christmas a fabulous way to start the festive season, it also helps us raise much-needed funds to ensure that local people with learning disabilities live the best life possible. Our warm thanks go to Juliet Stevenson CBE, Michael Pennington and The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, for giving their time in what I am sure will be another wonderful evening.”

Tickets are £23 online (£25 on the door), including refreshments and a programme, and can be purchased on our events page.

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

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