Carols by Candlelight will promote Bathurst performers this Christmas

LEADING THE NIGHT: Mitchell Conservatorium's Lauren Plenderleith will emcee Carols by Candlelight, while executive director Graham Sattler is lined up to perform. Photo: CHRIS SEARBOOK 120617carols2
LEADING THE NIGHT: Mitchell Conservatorium's Lauren Plenderleith will emcee Carols by Candlelight, while executive director Graham Sattler is lined up to perform. Photo: CHRIS SEARBOOK 120617carols2

SUNDAY is an opportunity to embrace the spirit of Christmas when Carols by Candlelight returns for 2017.

The annual event, hosted by the Mitchell Conservatorium, brings the community together for a night of traditional carols and beloved Christmas songs. 

Executive director Graham Sattler said there will be 15 acts at the event, with only one of these not being based in Bathurst. 

Among the acts will be the Bathurst City and RSL Concert Band, Patrick Selmes, George Sargent, Bobbi Ralls and the Allegri Singers,.

The crowd will also get a taste of The Innocent Bystanders, a new motown band.

"They're going to be doing a Stevie Wonder tune and another tune, which are Christmas songs, but [the band] is going to bring a motown style to it," Mr Sattler said. 

To improve the enjoyment of Carols by Candlelight this year, there will be a bigger stage and two screens placed in Machattie Park to ensure everyone can see the performances. 

Carols by Candlelight will get under way at 7pm on Sunday, with pre-show entertainment on from 6pm in the park.

Mr Sattler said it is a great community event that people of all ages will enjoy.

Children will be particularly happy to know that Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance. 

“We hear that the Bathurst carols are one of his very favourite carols in the world,” Mr Sattler said. 

A wet-weather plan has not been devised for the event, but Mr Sattler said weather reports indicate that there won’t be any rain.