May only be November but ‘Tis The Season for switching on Christmas lights and Covent Garden did it in style. As the crowds gathered in the piazza on the west side of the square, Covent Garden staff were wandering through them handing out mince pies, wine and red Reindeer antlers. The switch on was hosted by TV personality Kate Thornton who first introduced onto the stage the Royal Opera Chorus who sang excerpts from three operas and then yuletide carols. The stage was then cleared of microphones and thoroughly swept before members of the Royal Ballet performed excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker which concluded with the pas de deux by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince and considering the limitations of the stage, they all did very well. The Sugar Plum Fairy then switched on the lights. Right on cue as Kate Thornton was leaving the stage and the crowd started to disperse, the heavens opened and the crowd dispersed into Covent Garden to get out the rain.
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