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In From the Cold. A cherished Christmas tradition

Posted on November 8, 2022 in Current News, Events

This post comes to us from Holly Bennett, writer and long-time In From the Cold supporter.

For the past 22 Decembers, music lovers have gathered at Peterborough’s historic Market Hall for a musical experience that, for many fans, kicks off the Christmas season.

That’s In From the Cold.

What will you hear at this unique annual concert? Something completely different.

Traditional carols brought to new life, dancing with stringed instruments and gorgeous wraparound harmony. Beautiful seasonal songs you never hear anywhere else.

In From the Cold’s Convivio Chorus

Perhaps the haunting Swedish carol Shine Over Lake and Strand, or a rowdy French carol about shepherds and a guy with a sore leg. Perhaps an enchanting Irish or Swedish carol, or a beautiful, original musical setting of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. All brought to life by cornucopia of folk instruments – guitar, Celtic harp,  concertina, tin whistle, fiddle, mandolin and hammered dulcimer – played by members of the folk quintet Carried Away. And, to be sure, the beloved Curtis Driedger, with his musical “cousins,” and the 30-voice Convivio Chorus.

That’s just the music. The feeling in the room is the other thing. To those who return year after year, In From the Cold is like a gathering of old friends who come together to ring in the Christmas season. But newcomers feel the love too. It’s that seasonal magic feeling that we thought was just for kids.

The icing on the cake? It’s all for a great cause. Since its inception in 2000, In From the Cold performers have played for free so that all proceeds can go to support the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. Over the years we’ve raised over $150,000 for YES.

Come, join with us. Revel in the warmth of the season – and help YES bring youth and families experiencing homelessness In From the Cold.

December 9 and 10, 8 p.m. at the Market Hall in Peterborough.

A very big thanks to this year’s In From the Cold sponsors:

In From the Cold Coordinator and Performer, John Hoffman