Saturday 15 Dec 5:00 pm — Langley Park
Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Lotterywest and the City of Perth join forces to keep the spirit of Christmas alive to create the Lotterywest Christmas Symphony.
Following the disappointing news that Carols by Candlelight for Variety in Perth was no longer proceeding this year, WASO invited Variety WA to play an active role in presenting this new event, with significant support from Lotterywest, the City of Perth, Channel 9, Burswood Park Board and Crown Perth.
Hosted by Channel 9’s Louise Momber and Michael Thomson, Christmas Symphony will feature a complete program of classical music hits and everyone’s favourite Christmas carols. Families can sing-along to Jingle Bells and Silent Night while also enjoying the sparkling Overture to Bernstein’s Candide, Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets and Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular 1812 Overture, featuring a spectacular fireworks-filled finale.
This magical evening will feature more than 150 performers on stage including West Australian Symphony Orchestra, WASO Chorus, Variety Choir and special guests including the one and only, Santa. More than 70 volunteers will help deliver the event.
“The can-do community spirit of Western Australia is alive and well. We are absolutely delighted with the response to our invitation to help. This new event will be a spectacular display of WA talent and an enjoyable evening for all. We’re immensely grateful for the additional support of our partners to make it possible. We hope to see great crowds join in the festive spirit this December.” Craig Whitehead, WASO Chief Executive Officer
Variety WA Chief Executive Officer Tony Hume is thrilled that all stakeholders were able to come together at short notice to create this fantastic new event. “This allows Variety – the Children’s Charity to focus on our core business of helping kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by providing scholarships, programs and much needed equipment”
Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the City of Perth is proud to be able to support such an iconic event on the Christmas calendar. “To bring together WASO and Carols by Candlelight is a fantastic achievement and a spectacle not to be missed,” Commissioner Lumsden said. “We know the connection the community has with Carols by Candlelight and the City is delighted it will be incorporated into WASO’s outdoor music performance.”
Families can enjoy a picnic and pre-show entertainment in Langley Park from 5pm. The full program for the evening will be announced on Wednesday 5 December.