The Night Before Christmas 2024

by Tom Edney in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Total raised £733

£6,500 target 16 days left
11% 13 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 12th July 2024 at 3:00pm

We aim to record this lively and festive setting of the much loved classic poem, The Night Before Christmas.

by Tom Edney in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.


The Project

We're looking to try and capture the magic of Christmas through music, and we need your help! Our project is to record Oliver Tarney's joyful recent musical setting of the much-cherished poem, The Night Before Christmas

We are thrilled to announce that this recording will unite the vibrant voices of the Newcastle Youth Choir Project, the Durham Singers, and Vox Populi, creating a blend of generations, experiences, and talents. This collaboration is a testament to the diverse and dynamic choral scene in the North East, and by supporting this project, you're not just funding a recording; you're fostering community spirit and the joy of collective singing.

This recording would enable The Night Before Christmas – due for publication in 2025 – to be heard by a wider audience and gain increased recognition, spreading Christmas cheer further afield. 

How You Can Help

To make this dream a reality, we're turning to you, our community of music lovers, family, and friends. Your contribution will directly support the costs of recording, production, and distribution, ensuring that this wonderful new work can be enjoyed by audiences far and wide. 

Rewards for Your Support

As a token of our gratitude, we've prepared a range of exciting and exclusive rewards for our backers. From exclusive access to the first release of the recording and behind-the-scenes content to special mentions in the album credits, invitations to a celebratory Christmas drinks party concert, or even your very own specially-discounted commission from Oliver Tarney, your support will be much recognised and cherished.

Any donation, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated in helping showcase this wonderful new work and the musicians performing it. Join us in celebrating the vibrant choral music landscape of the North East and help spread the festive spirit through the power of music. Thank you for considering supporting this project and making our vision a reality.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

3 of 75 claimed

Invitation to Christmas drinks party and concert

If you are kind enough to pledge us £50, we'll treat you and a guest to an exclusive Christmas drinks party and concert sung by Vox Populi featuring ‘The Night before Christmas’ by Oliver Tarney and other Christmas favourites. This will be a chance to bring in the festive period with a drink, some nibbles, and music to get you in the mood! Plus a chance to meet our conductor, singers, and composer. Newcastle | Saturday 30th November 2024 | 1845-2

£10 or more

Credit in the CD booklet

If you donate as little as £10 to us, it will go a long way, and we'll be sure to recognise you by name (if you wish) in the CD booklet.

£15 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Early release access

Get a sneak preview of the recording ahead of general release and be among the first to hear what your support has produced!

£15 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Signed CD

For this reward, you'll receive an exclusive CD signed by the composer, Oliver Tarney.

£25 or more

Online access to a special Christmas performance

This would give you exclusive online access to a special Christmas programme, sung by Vox Populi, featuring The Night Before Christmas by Oliver Tarney and other Christmas favourites on Saturday 30th November at 1930.

£100 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Behind-the-scenes access to attend the recording

If you pledge us £100 then we will thank you with an invitation to attend our recording anytime from 1000-1300 on August 30th 2024 in Newcastle, and get a first-hand behind-the-scenes experience!

£1,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Oliver Tarney Commission: Option 1

We're delighted that Oliver Tarney has agreed to offer this reward as a discounted rate for a bespoke a cappella commission lasting around 3 minutes delivered by the end of October 2024. This could be a great opportunity to commission a new Christmas piece! (Usual cost c.£2500)

£2,250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Oliver Tarney Commission: Option 2

We're also delighted that Oliver Tarney has offered a larger commission to anyone who could support this project by donating £2500. This would be a piece of up to about 5 minutes in length for choir and organ (or piano). It would be delivered by end of April 2025 and would be a great opportunity for any group looking for a bespoke piece or even multiple groups looking for a collaboration. (Usual price c. £3500)

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