3 December 2017, 18.00
Tenebrae & English Chamber Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah isn’t just an oratorio: it’s practically a national institution. Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, but if that’s all you know, you’re in for a wonderful surprise – and you don’t have to be religious to be stirred by some of the most heartfelt and uplifting music ever written.
9 December 2017, 19.30
The Rat Pack at Christmas
Back by popular demand and following sell-out performances across the globe, The Definitive Rat Pack brings you an evening of festive classics, including White Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside, The Christmas Song and Let It Snow, plus all-time favourites including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles and New York, New York. What better way to get into the festive spirit!
10 December 2017, 19.00
Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve
Chelsea Opera Group Chorus and Orchestra
This captivating opera involves a warm-hearted witch, an altruistic Devil and a reckless quest for the slippers worn by the Russian tsarina.
This is no ordinary Christmas Eve. At its heart is a love story. Rimsky-Korsakov applies all his gifts of local, folk-inflected colour, acuteness of character, musical invention and scintillating orchestration, bringing to life an array of village oddballs and a scenario that bristles with vitality, magic and a thoroughly Russian atmosphere of enchantment.
13 December 2017, 19.30
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A Choral Christmas
Join the Orchestra and the City of London Choir for a classical Christmas celebration. Led by Hilary Davan Wetton, the programme includes stunning pieces by Vaughan Williams and Howells, as well as your favourite popular carols.
Programme to include:
Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Howells’ A Spotless Rose, Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, John Rutter’s Nativity Carol, John Dankworth’s Coventry Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing… and many more!
14-15 December 2017, 19.30
Barts Choir sings Bach and Handel
In his Christmas Oratorio Bach drew on a long German tradition of sung Christmas narratives but as always surpassed them.
Like his Passion settings, the Biblical narrative is interspersed with solos and choruses commenting on the action. Though written in six parts to be performed over the main feast days of the Christmas season, it forms a continuous whole, especially Parts I-III describing the birth of Jesus, the angels appearing to the shepherds, and their visit to the manger.
Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem, if less familiar, fits the season with its charitable theme, and the concert ends with the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah.
16 December 2017, 15.00, 19.30
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Cracker
Don’t miss this fun, festive favourite, featuring West End singers Graham Bickley and Anna-Jane Casey, hit Christmas songs, best-loved carols and plenty of joy and sparkle!
Programme to include:
I Believe In Father Christmas, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), I’ll Be Home For Christmas, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Last Christmas, All I Want For Christmas, Let It Snow, A Christmas Festival, A Christmas Overture, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells… and many more!
17 December 2017, 19.00
Only Men Aloud
Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud have announced a new Christmas show to get audiences into the festive spirit with dates across the UK.
Only Men Aloud have been delighting audiences around the world for well over fifteen years injecting new life and blood into the Welsh Male Voice Choir tradition.
The men have become well known for their strong vocals and their varied and eclectic repertoire. A typical OMA concert will feature many different styles of music from Welsh hymns and folksongs, Opera and Music Theatre all the way to Swing and Pop music.
Nearly ten years ago, they were named BBC One’s ‘Last Choir Standing’ and this led to an album deal with Universal Records. In 2010, they won a Classical Brit Award for ‘Best Album of the Year’. They have toured every year since winning the show, all around the world and have worldwide record sales of over 300,000.
Over the years, the hugely popular group has built up a strong fan base across the country and were honoured to be asked to sing at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony at the very moment the Olympic Flame was lit. This performance was broadcast to an estimated global TV audience of 900 million people.
18-19 December 2017, 19.30
Glory to the Christ Child
The Sixteen’s 2017 Christmas programme is a beautifully festive collection of music from the 16th century right up to the present day.
Poulenc’s work is explored with his joyful Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, an uplifting celebration of the events of the Christmas story, and the choir revisits his solemn and reflective Un soir de neige. If you are a fan of the more traditional, you can find such delights as Howells’ A spotless rose, and old favourites the Somerset Carol and Past three o’clock.
20 December 2017, 13.30, 16.30
The Snowman and Carnival of Animals
Give the whole family a magical Christmas treat as The Snowman is shown on the big screen while the Mozart Symphony Orchestra provides a live soundtrack.
Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals will be performed with lots of extras and fun surprises including poetry by Ogden Nash and others, terrible Christmas jokes from the conductor’s podium and wonderful cartoon animations projected onto a screen above the orchestra.
Suitable for ages 4 and over.
21 December 2017, 13.30, 16.30
Father Christmas and Peter and the Wolf
Mozart Symphony Orchestra
Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas is brought to life this Christmas on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment from the Mozart Symphony Orchestra and actors providing the dialogue and sound effects.
Prokofiev’s chilling tale of one small boy’s bravery against a wild wolf has thrilled generations of children and is the ideal way to introduce young people to orchestral music.
Suitable for ages 4 and over.
22 December 2017, 19.30
The Bach Choir
Carols at Cadogan
Cadogan Hall is the perfect setting for a festive evening of Christmas music sung by The Bach Choir, with the eight-piece London City Brass and Philip Scriven at the organ.
Start your weekend of Christmas celebrations in style with a selection of some of the best carols old and new, and of course plenty of opportunity to stretch the vocal cords and join The Bach Choir in singing your favourites.
23 December 2017, 19.30
The Temple Church Choir
The Temple Church Choir brings with it a selection of works displaying the beauty and joy of Christmas music. Across the centuries the Christmas story has been the inspiration for many extraordinary musical compositions. In this programme some of these are explored in both sacred and secular music. There are sparkling arrangements of some of the old favourites as well as embracing more tender offerings from the 16th to 20th centuries.
27 December 2017, 19.30
Viennese Christmas Spectacular
London Concertante celebrates Christmas with a host of wonderful Viennese music, including works by the ‘King of Waltzes’ Johann Strauss II, including his masterpiece, the Blue Danube Waltz. Also on the programme are Tchaikovsky’s perennial favourite, The Nutcracker Suite, and Schubert’s delightful and youthful Rondo for violin and strings, performed by rising star and Scottish fiddle sensation Ben Norris.
Join London Concertante and get into the spirit of Christmas with this unforgettable night of music!
31 December 2017, 19.00
Rainer Hersch Orkestra
The New Year's Eve Bash
Games, tricks and jokes for conductor, orchestra and audience ... Rainer Hersch (BBC Radio 4 & Classic FM) takes to the stage with his very own orchestra of madcap virtuosos to welcome the New Year with an unforgettable evening of laughter and fab music.
Nothing is safe from the comic maestro as he whips through witty arrangements of the classics. Yes, it’s a classical concert Jim but not as we know it – all bound together with his award-winning stand-up comedy.