A Brief History of Christmas

17 December 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes!

Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, this is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.

The show takes in 600 years of music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion – all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour.

‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.

“You guys are awesome!”
Bill Barclay, Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe


Venue: Shaw House
Monday 17 December 2018  | Doors 7pm  |   Performance 7.30pm

Adults £12 (£11 with WBC) Under 16s £5 (£4 with WBC)

Available from Shaw House 01635 279279 and online.

The cafe will be open, serving wine, local beer/cider and mulled wine. Suitable: 8+


“Eclectic and enjoyable… a bewildering range of instruments”
(English Dance and Song)



The Corn Exchange (Newbury) provide box office services, including online booking, for selected events. Where online booking is available you will be directed to a booking page hosted by The Corn Exchange. Online bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee per ticket.

The bookings page is universal to the Corn Exchange website, please note that the information regarding wheelchair seats and group discounts do not apply to West Berkshire Heritage event.


Bookings made in person, or by telephone  at Shaw House, West Berkshire Museum or the Corn Exchange Box Office will be processed free of charge.

Please note, a £1 booking fee will be applied to tickets purchased from the Corn Exchange by telephone and online.  Fees for telephone purchases are capped at £6, online purchases are not capped.  To see the full terms and conditions visit https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/tcs