The Idler Christmas Singalong with James Sills

Idler Christmas Singalong


Join A Drink with the Idler for a Christmas singalong with James Sills

Join us for the Idler Christmas Singalong, a special festive edition of our regular Thursday evening get together. Musician James Sills will be leading the Idler Christmas singalong. It’ll be a selection box of festive favourites and everyone can join in from the comfort of their sofa. So, grab a drink and gather your friends for an evening of carols and merriment with the Idler.

James will be joined by Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson, philosopher Mark Vernon and host Victoria Hull.

About the Idler Christmas Singalong Guests

James Sills is a musician, singing leader and joy-bringer who makes people feel good through singing. He brings people together to sing at events and gatherings around the world, including festival choirs, pub choirs and online with the Sofa Singers, a twice-weekly online singing session. In 2020, James was awarded a Points Of Light Award from the UK government in recognition of his work to help combat feelings of isolation during the pandemic through his work with the Sofa Singers.

His first book, Do Sing: Reclaim Your Voice. Find Your Singing Tribe,  was published in September 2019 by the Do Book Company and is described by Cerys Matthews as ‘an open door to the joyous world of singing’

James is also a songwriter and performer with alt-folk quartet The Rough Island Band and tours internationally as a member of The Spooky Men’s Chorale.

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free. Other books include a book on smallholding called How to Live in the Country, a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook, a manual for creative entrepreneurs, and, most recently, An Idler’s Manual.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.

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Drinks with the Idler has turned out to be one of our lifelines! Such fun, wonderful commentary by you and the remarkable Mark, not to mention the delightful Victoria. 

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Fulfilling and inspiring talk… It means so much that you host these events. 

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Idler Christmas Singalong Event Details

Date: Thursday 16 December

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

Cost: £5. Free for Idler subscribers. SUBSCRIBE NOW

How to join: Register by clicking the ‘GET TICKETS’ button above


When you register, you can choose a Standard Ticket (£5), or a Free Ticket if you are an Idler subscriber. You can also add a donation if you wish. The ticket income will support the beautiful, fun and fascinating Idler magazine and enable us to keep producing weekly Drinks with brilliant speakers. We are on a mission to help everyone slow down, have fun and live well.

After buying your ticket you’ll receive instructions from Eventbrite. Please leave yourself time on the night to get to the Online Event Page.  Alternatively all ticket holders who are on the Idler newsletter list will be sent the direct link on the night. Sign up for the Idler newsletter here.

Latecomers may not be given access.