Gallery: Carols by Candlelight 2020
It was a socially-distant crowd-pleaser at the Bowl this Christmas.
Nine last night hosted a very different Carols by Candlelight in keeping with the challenges of 2020.
No audience was present, following a decision by Vision Australia, but producers cleverly ensured a social distanced choir gave performers someone to perform to. A massive video screen behind the orchestra, led by John Foreman, included childrens’ choirs and virtual performances from the likes of Jamie Cullum & Chris Sebastian.
Amongst the on stage highlights were Casey Donovan, Sylvie Paladino, the cast of Hamilton, Dami Im and Jess Hitchcock. Livinia Nixon, joined by Eddie McGuire, was particularly well-suited to the occasion. And a special mention to ‘Santa’s helper’ this year in the form of actor Mike Bishop.
Nine also used the occasion to unveil a host of new network promos.
While Carols by Candlelight always boasts the cream of the crop in talent, for my money this year Carols in the Domain had the upper hand in the technical department (ok, not that this is a competition per se).
Both events are repeated today with Carols in the Domain at 6am on Seven and Carols by Candlelight from 1pm on Nine.
Photos: Les O’Rourke