It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Part 1

We take a look back on some of our singers favourite Christmas memories and we find out what Christmas songs they love the most!

Pippa  – Alto

My favourite Christmas memory is having my younger cousin over for Boxing Day dinner. He was a very picky eater as a child, so we ended up having a very luxurious meal of hamburgers, hotdogs, and chips. It has now become a tradition in our family to focus on the quantity, rather than the quality of the food during Christmas – as long as there is much of it, it can go onto the Christmas table. 

Pippa’s top three Christmas songs:

Manuel – Tenor

Manuel reading at his Grandma’s surprise birthday

One of my fave Christmas memories took place two years ago. Close to Christmas my grandma turned 80 and my family (typical huge Spanish family) organized a surprise birthday celebration for her. All my aunts and uncles plus all her grandchildren were there. We organised a mass in her honour (she has always been a devout Catholic) and one of my uncles took her to the church without any prior notice. When she got there all of us were already waiting for her, and then I read one of the passages for the celebration (she was in absolute shock to see me, because she thought I was in London and that I was not going to return in at least another week). Afterwards we went to our family cottage and spent the day all together. We ended up singing around a bonfire at night (there are some good singers in my family!) It was definitely one to remember 

Manuelle’s top three Christmas songs:

  • So we have this family Christmas “tradition” to end up singing after dinner. One song they always ask me to sing is “Volver” (not a Christmas one, but my family loves flamenco)
  • Louise Maquelle – “Noche de Paz” is def one of my fave Spanish carols of all time! 
  • Mariah Carey  – “All I Want for Christmas”

Don’t forget to grab your tickets here for ‘Sleighing It!’ on Saturday 15 December at Cadogan Hall.

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