A Nightingale Sings In Great Eastern Square

December 8, 2022

A Nightingale Sings in Great Eastern Square


Classical Brit award nominee and world class Coloratura Soprano, Christina Johnston, dubbed “the Nightingale”, will sing a selection of yuletide classics at a special outdoor appearance in Felixstowe this Saturday December 10th.


As well as performing, Christina, who has sung in opera houses across Europe, Asia and South America, will be switching on the lights of a very special Christmas tree in the town’s Great Eastern Square.

She will be lighting up a unique 13ft “knitmas” tree made from 2,000 crocheted squares created by Daren and Debby Cloud, owners of The Wool Baa store in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe,  together with members of the The Wool Baa community.

The former Framlingham girl, who grew up with Ed Sheeran and released an album with his brother Matt, moved back to Felixstowe two years ago.

She said: “It has been wonderful moving back to Suffolk and settling in Old Felixstowe, I am delighted to be taking part in such a wonderful Christmas event.”

BID manager, Kate Cain, said: “Felixstowe has a vibrant music scene which Christina is very much a part of. We’re delighted she will be able to be the cherry on the cake of a truly magical day.”

The action kicks off on Saturday 10th at 10.30am with a local Maker’s Market with music and songs from Suffolk community choir The Rabble Chorus at 3.30, before GRAY at 2.50pm and Nigel Ashcroft at 1.40pm. Both artists are Felixstowe favourites and are preparing a special festive set as a backdrop to the crafters market. Freshgold Radio will be keeping the mood festive between sets.


Christina earned a scholarship to study classical singing and opera at The Guildhall of Music in Drama when she was 17. In 2012 she made her operatic debut at Prague’s State Opera as Queen of Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.

In 2016 she was invited by Chinese President XI to sing in China to celebrate the anniversary of the ending of WWI


The Knitmas Tree project was funded by Felixstowe’s Business Improvement District (BID), Lottys Sandwich Shop, AG Logistics, Gentlemens Barbers and Mr & Mrs Gosling, all of Felixstowe.


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