17 December – Irish Dancing in Falaise Square
Thick fog added to the magical festive feel on the 17th night in Falaise Square with the surprise performance being the Farrell Flynn Academy of Irish Dance. Dancers from the school, of all ages, treated the large audience to a toe tapping performance. The audience were encouraged to clap along to add to the atmosphere and they duly obliged. As a finale, some people were picked from the audience to join the performers in the square for some impromptu audience participation.
The raffle was raising money for the Royal British Legion.
18 December – Christian Duo at d:two
Lou Fellingham, a Christian worship leader, singer and songwriter, from Brighton, accompanied on keyboard by husband Nathan were the surprise performance on Sunday at d:two. Lou encouraged the audience to stand up and sing along, and they duly obliged with gusto. Their set included carols such as “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem” and “Silent Night”, as well as festive classics such as “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”
The evening was raising money for Nomad, who are based at d:two and are one of the Mayor’s charities this year.
19 December – Chorus at Cricket Club
For the first time, the performance at the Cricket club was in the the warm clubhouse with all male choir, Thames Valley Chorus from Woodley being the surprise act. They were back for a third appearance at the Living Advent Calendar, after appearing in 2012 and 2014.
The audience were treated to a great set of contemporary and festive classics. Songs ranged from moving renditions of “You Raise Me Up” and “O Holy Night”, to the fun and energetic finale of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
The evening was sponsored by GPC Marketing and the raffle was raising money for the Ronald McDonald House charity.
20 December – Congo Frog Band Splashs into River & Rowing Museum
Mad musical ensemble Congo Frog Boudoir Band, led by Martyn Cooper who has previously performed at Living Advent Calendar as part of “No Direction HoT Boys” was the fun surprise performance at the River & Rowing Museum.
The band certainly made a big splash with their fun festive attire to their set ranging from the Village People’s “YMCA” to “The Time Warp” via “Monster Mash” and “These Boots Were Made For Walking”.
“Such a fun night” said event organiser Richard Rodway. “I knew we were in for something very entertaining if Martyn was involved. The HoT boys were always so well received, and there were 4 of them, so a band of 10 were always going to be exponentially event more enjoyable”.