Charles Hazlewood's Wassail! Traditional Somerset Wassails & Carols (& mulled wines & ciders)

World-famous conductor and musical wizard, Charles Hazlewood with an exuberant barrel-full of traditional West Country wassails and carols in anticipation of the festive season.


Wassailing was once one of the only certain ways of securing entry to a Somerset pub, or access to the Wassail bowl. Wassailing has always been part of a traditional Somerset December; Charles Hazlewood will have you singing lustily for your mulled cider, mince pies and festive fare.

Ably assisted by a mysterious and wonderful local choir performing exquisite carols of the season, Charles guarantees an evening of delicious music-making and festive cheer.


Charles Hazlewood

Charles delights audiences the world over with his many appearances on television and radio and his extraordinary and eclectic range of musical forms. He has masterminded many marvellous musical events, like his Paraorchestra at the Paralymypic closing ceremony (video) where they supported Coldplay and played to an audience of 1 billion. More locally, he launched Somerset's very own Orchestra in a Field.

Charles is a multi-award winning conductor who regularly leads some of the world's greatest orchestras in the most prestigious venues, (especially the Ebenezer!) including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Malmö & Gothenburg Symphonies in Sweden and the Philhamonia in London.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006. He set up an opera company out of the townships of South Africa where his latest project involves staging 'Soweto Messiah' in Johannesburg featuring 20,000 performers.

He collaborates regularly with musicians as diverse as Nigel Kennedy, Professor Green, Wyclef Jean and he is known to millions for his trailblazing films about music for the BBC.

He has joyfully included the Ebenezer in his list of regular venues and has set the place alight at every visit.


Reviews & Awards

Sunday Times: Music on television has been transformed by Charles Hazlewood’s charisma and analytical energy -

Daily Telegraph: BBC TV’s pin-up conductor and Radio 3′s resident interpretative guru

The Guardian: Charles Hazlewood’s terrific music documentaries are among the many reasons to be grateful for BBC4

Evening Standard: An evangelist for every age and tradition of music

South African Carmen, U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha, for which Charles was music director and conductor ('A piece of genius’ - The Times) on the ‘Golden Bear’ award for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

Charles has won 3 Sony awards for best music show on radio.

2013Martin Keeley