2 December 2016, 19.30
Entente Chorale – French and English music for the Christmas Season
£21.00-£27.00, half price for under 16s
Charpentier’s delightful Messe de minuit pour Noël, based on traditional French carols, contrasts with Vaughan Williams’ quintessentially English Fantasia on Christmas Carols, plus works by Berlioz, Finzi and Rutter.
3 December 2016, 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!
4 December 2016, 18.00
Tenebrae & English Chamber Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah remains an ever-popular work that covers a vast range of emotions, from great tenderness and delicacy, to unbridled joy, to immense majesty and power. Join Tenebrae, the English Chamber Orchestra and a stunning line-up of soloists for the perfect start to your Christmas season.
Purchase premium tickets to meet members of the choir and orchestra whilst enjoying an interval reception with festive refreshments.
6 December 2016, 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 extracts from Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio along with a selection of carols by John Rutter, Peter Warlock, John Gardner and more.
This concert is promoted in association with City of London Choir.
9, 10 December 2016, 19.00
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Masaaki Suzuki, renowned Bach specialist and winner of the 2012 Bach Prize, conducts Bach’s Christmas Oratorio over two concerts.
This monumental retelling of the birth of Christ is also a definitive guide to what music is and how to do it.
This first concert – Friday 9 – features parts one to three, which are based on the Gospel of Matthew and tell the story of Jesus’ birth and the arrival of the shepherds.
This second concert – Saturday 10 – features parts three to six, which are based on the Gospel of Luke and cover the naming of Jesus and the journey and adoration of the Magi.
12 December 2016, 19.30
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
The world-renowned Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge returns to Cadogan Hall for an evening of choral music.
The Choir at St John’s College was founded in the 1670s and is one of the world’s leading choirs of men and boys. The concert presents music for Christmas including Poston’s spellbinding Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree, John Gardner’s exuberant setting of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and traditional favourites The Holly and the Ivy and Ding dong, merrily on high. All of these works have been recorded by the Choir on its new CD Christmas with St John’s.
There is also music by Vaughan Williams and by the contemporary composer Jonathan Harvey, including The Annunciation which was written especially for the Choir in 2011.
16 December 2016, 19.30
The Bach Choir
Carols at Cadogan
Join The Bach Choir for a festive evening of Christmas music, with special guests London City Brass and organist Philip Scriven. The concert will also feature the winning entry in The Times Carol Competition.
17 December 2016, 13.30, 16.00
The Snowman & We're Going on a Bear Hunt
£15.00-£32.00, Children half price
Join OSP (the Orchestra of St Paul’s) for the perfect festive family treat. We begin with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, an interactive retelling of the traditional children’s rhyme, with music by Ian Stephens. Bring your favourite teddy, and prepare to join in with the story!
This is followed by the ultimate Christmas experience: a screening of The Snowman, shown on the big screen with Howard Blake’s instantly recognisable score played live.
Please note: these concerts are relaxed performances.
18 December 2016, 15.00, 19.00
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Cracker
New for 2016 there are several additions to the Christmas Cracker programme, including arrangements of Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), the 1980’s festive favourite Last Christmas by Wham! and Mariah Carey’s immortal ballad All I Want For Christmas Is You – not forgetting the sing-along carols!
With special guest vocalists, this fun, festive concert is back for two delightful performances of sparkling festive songs and music. With Sloane Square lit up in all its Christmassy glory and the smells of mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas Cracker is sure to fill you with good cheer and get your Yuletide celebrations off to a joyful start.
19 December 2016, 19.30
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band
Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the festive season for their unique celebratory show Carols & Capers. Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamp on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This is guaranteed to be a Christmas Party to remember.
20, 21 December 2016, 19.30
The Sixteen - The Three Kings
The Sixteen, under the direction of Harry Christophers, presents a varied and diverse Christmas programme taking us as far as Bohemia as well as closer to home, in Ireland and England. The programme includes well-loved traditional carols and early music, including Palestrina and Lassus, and lesser-known modern pieces such as 21st-century composer James Bassi’s Quem pastores laudavere.
22 December 2016, 13.30, 16.30
Father Christmas & Paddington Bear’s First Concert
A Christmas Treat for all the family! Raymond Brigg’s animated film Father Christmas is brought to the big screen this Christmas at Cadogan Hall with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra supplying a live accompaniment. Featuring the voice of Simon Murray as Father Christmas this irreverent glimpse into Santa’s personal life will have you and your kids rocking with laughter.
Legendary comedian Jack Dee appears live on stage to narrate Paddington Bear’s First Concert. This is the enchanting tale of Paddington’s journey from Peru all the way to his first ever concert – at Cadogan Hall!!
Fans of the movie Frozen will be delighted by a short medley of tunes from the film – a great introduction to live music for children.
23 December 2016, 19.30
Ralph McTell is celebrating 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist is delighted to perform his Christmas concert at Cadogan Hall. Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning Streets Of London.
31 December 2016, 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.