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Simon Callow to release Dickens Christmas album

Simon Callow is to release a Christmas album with brass group The Brighouse and Rastrick Band to mark the 175th anniversary of A Christmas Carol.

It will feature Callow’s adaptation of the 1843 novel, combined with traditional Christmas carols performed by the band.

Callow’s one-man version of the classic was first performed last year at the Arts Theatre in London, and will be released on December 1 on CD.

Callow told The Stage that his adaptation was “swift and to the point but contains the essence of what Dickens was writing about”.

“We’ve recorded it alongside with some of the Christmas music that Dickens would have known and loved which helps to evoke that period.”

Speaking about the process of adapting the novel he said: “I thought about what the vital parts of the story are and which characters it is that we really want to hear from and what is essentially the big story. The big story is about a man’s redemption, filled with humour and comedy and a wonderful ending.”

A Christmas carol album is produced by Island Records.