London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas Festival (Barbican)

Christmas Festival (Barbican)

19 December 2017, 19.30
'The Nutcracker and I' by Alexandra Dariescu
£15.00 plus booking fee
Alexandra inspires the audience by telling us her own story as Clara: from little girl to concert pianist and invites us to use our own imagination, to hope, work hard and never give up.


On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story.

20 December 2017, 19.00
Handel's Messiah
£10.00-£50.00 plus booking fee
Let yourself be swept into Christmas by the sparkling arias, glorious choruses, and the raw emotion of Handel’s Messiah, one of the best-loved choral works in Western music.


Hearing the opening bars of Handel’s Messiah is a sure sign that the festive season is underway, and in the hands of Richard Egarr, four stellar soloists and the choir and orchestra of AAM, you can almost smell Christmas around the corner. First performed in Dublin in 1742 and swiftly gaining in popularity, the Messiah is now one of the best-loved choral works in Western music. Join us to hear this iconic work performed on the instruments Handel intended and in its original configuration.


23 December 2017, 19.30
Christmas with Russell Watson
£20.00-£58.00 plus booking fee

The Christmas celebrations kick off with tenor Russell Watson performing a glorious concert of seasonal music and songs.


27 December 2017, 19.30
Star Wars and Beyond
£16.50-£42.00 plus booking fee
Join the London Concert Orchestra for an evening of music from John Williams's iconic film scores, including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and more...


28 December 2017, 14.30
The Magic Moments of Burt Bacharach
£16.50-£42.50 plus booking fee
The list of huge hits penned by Burt Bacharach from the 50s to the 80s numbers well into the hundreds; a line-up of great guest singers pick out the highlights.


28 December 2017, 19.30
Beethoven's Ninth
£22.50-£52.50 plus booking fee
Christopher Warren-Green conducts an all-Beethoven programme featuring the 'Choral' symphony with its climactic ‘Ode to Joy’ performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


29 December 2017, 14.30
The Four Seasons by Candlelight
£16.50-£39.50 plus booking fee
The Mozart Festival Orchestra, complete with period costume and candle-lit setting, present a programme of popular Baroque and Classical masterpieces crowned by Vivaldi's Four Seasons.


29 December 2017, 19.30
Musicals in Concert: Leading Ladies
£16.50-£42.50 plus booking fee
West-end leading ladies Kerry Ellis, Louise Dearman and Linzi Hateley perform a selection of popular songs from Broadway musicals including Oliver and Chicago.


30 December 2017, 14.30
Glenn Miller Orchestra
£16.50-£32.50 plus booking fee
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, whose unmistakeable big band sound defined a decade, perform a string of wartime chart-toppers and 40s hits, including In the Mood, American Patrol and Moonlight Serenade.


30 December 2017, 19.30
Zimmer vs. Williams
£16.50-£42.50 plus booking fee
E.T., Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. An epic cinematic celebration bringing together two of the greatest film music composers.


31 December 2017, 19.30
The Magic of Vienna
£19.50-£44.50 plus booking fee
Spend New Year's Eve enjoying the memorable music of the Strauss dynasty, whose prolific output of waltzes and polkas entertained Viennese high society throughout the 19th century.


1 January 2018, 14.30
New Year's Day Gala
£19.50-£44.00 plus booking fee
Begin the New Year with the London Concert Orchestra and some of classical music's most popular works including Rossini's William Tell Overture, Puccini's 'Nessun Dorma' and Holst's 'Jupiter.'

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Venue Details

Barbican Centre
Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Box Office
020 7638 8891

Nearest tube


More info

19-20, 23, 27-31 December 2017 -
1 January 2018



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