Dictionary definition of ‘wassail’: ‘Lively festivities involving the drinking of much alcohol’.
Well, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert at Portsmouth Guildhall has the title ‘Wassail’ - but we suspect the boozing will be restricted to the interval.
The BSO merely promises ‘festive cheer and an unashamed celebration of the traditional Christmas’ in a new format for its seasonable concert.
Also taking part will be the New Scorpion Band, playing a wide range of old instruments, reciting memories of Christmas past from Thomas Hardy and others, and performing an old-style mummers’ play.
Popular carols will also be featured, with music by composers such as Vaughan Williams and Warlock. Pete Harrison conducts the BSO.
Tickets cost £13 to £23 from (023) 8282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.