Arts & Culture
Carols and Capers 2021: Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band visit Oxford

By Tyler Ody

“Maddy’s voice is clear as a bell. It actually sounds as if there’s a celebration going on”


“If you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a treat”


“Maddy Prior is in enchanting form. The Carnival Band is an accomplished bunch whose engaging use of classical, folk and other influences defies shorthand definition”


Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”. Together they mix renaissance, modern, and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

Prior and the band will visit St John’s Evangelist Church in Cowley, Oxford on the 21 December. 

Of all the festive traditions, few have stood the test of time better than the Christmas carol. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band know this more than most, having been inspired by the music of Christmas for the past twenty-five years. Now and for the first time, the very best of these have been brought together on one album. “The Best of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band” collects twenty-two tracks from across their career. Along the way you will find a mixture of the familiar and the less well known, all presented in a most unique style. 

With an extensive experience in folk, medieval, world and classical music between them, the singer and players guide us to exquisite places. Telling the Christmas story in a variety of ways, the likes of ‘I Saw Three Ships’, ‘While Shepherds Watched’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘The Holly Ivy’ are revealed as versatile, striking pieces of music with words to match.

Here are tour dates for the previous press release

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Tour Dates 2021


Tue 30th November        The Atkinson      Southport            01704 533333   

Wed 1st December          Lowther Pavilion               Lytham St Annes               01253 794221   

Sat 4th December            The Kings Hall & Winter Garden Ilkley      01274 432000   

Mon 6th December         The Apex              Bury St Edmunds              01284 758000   

Tue 7th December           St Georges           Bristol   08454 024001   

Wed 8th December         The Corn Exchange          Exeter   01392 665938   

Fri 10th December           The Revelation  Ashford 01233 663201   

Tue 14th December         Cadogan Hall      London 02077 304500   

Wed 15th December       The Stables         Milton Keynes    01908 280800   

Thurs 16th December     Roses Theatre    Tewkesbury        01684 295074   

Sun 19th December         Lyric Theatre      Carmarthen        03452 263510   

Mon 20th December       Cheese & Grain Frome   01373 455420   

Tue 21st December         St John The Evangelist    Oxford  01865 613507   

Wed 22nd December      Town Hall            Birmingham        01212 896333