London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Royal Academy of Music Christmas

Royal Academy of Music Christmas

Royal Academy of Music are pleased to be able to welcome audiences back to the Academy. Please note that booking is now compulsory for all events.


1 December 2021, 13.00, Free
Proud Songsters
David Josefowitz Recital Hall
Johannes Moore baritone
Ilan Kurtser piano

1 December 2021, 18.30, Free
Guitar Chamber Music
David Josefowitz Recital Hall


2 December 2021, 13.00, Free
The Changing Aesthetic of British Quartet Music
Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Clova Quartet:

Gabriel Bilbao and Rodrigo Checa Lorite violin

Edgar Francis viola

Hugh Mackay cello


2 December 2021, 19.30, £5.00
Accordion Tango
David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi bandoneon

Elise Quartet:

Miles Ames and Maria Reinon Roig violin

Luca Wadham viola

Gloria Kim cello


Accordion and string students combine to celebrate the allure of the tango. The first half of the programme features tangos by Jukka Tiensuu, Ishii, Stravinsky, Uroš Rojko and Graciane Finzi, before world-renowned bandoneon player Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi joins students to celebrate the centenary of Piazzolla, whose work grew to define the genre.


3 December 2021, 13.00, Free
Death and Transfiguration
Duke's Hall

Fraser Gordon conductor

Emily Stephens oboe

Academy Wind Ensemble


This programme juxtaposes arrangements of orchestral works by Strauss and Beethoven with Michael Daugherty’s madcap Dead Elvis, in which the King of Rock and Roll is portrayed by a solo bassoon.


5 December 2021, 13.00, £20.00 (£15 concessions)
Bach the European: Bach and Incarnation
Duke's Hall

Performed on modern instruments

Iain Ledingham director


The final ‘Bach the European’ concert of 2021 promises to be a festive event that won’t disappoint. Iain Ledingham directs Parts 1, 2 and 6 of the Christmas Oratorio, depicting the Birth of Jesus, the Annunciation of the Shepherds and the Adoration of the Magi. Written for Christmas 1734, the work was composed as one of a set of three, along with the Ascension Oratorio and Easter Oratorio. This, the longest and most complex of the trio, contains music from earlier (mostly secular) compositions, with new words to present the story of the Christ Child.


6 December 2021, 14.30, 19.30, £15.00 (£12.50 concessions)
'Hello Jerry!' A Celebration of Herman
Susie Sailsbury Theatre

The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company performs an end-of-term concert celebrating the work of legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Tony-awardwinning Herman is known for his seminal musical theatre classics including Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, and the company will showcase his work in their first ensemble public performance of the year.


10 December 2021, 14.00, Free
Ronald William White Prize
Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Join us for an array of student performances as part of the Academy’s prize for a musical theatre song with dramatic content.

Expired - Event is in the past.

Venue Details

Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT

Box Office
020 7873 7373

Nearest tube
Regent's Park


More info

1-3, 5-6, 10 December 2021



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