London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas at Southbank

Christmas at Southbank

3 December 2018, 19.00
Royal Festival Hall
£10.00 - £60.00
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rarely has more fun than when it’s performing music from the 18th century and letting the special sounds of its period instruments come to the fore. You can enjoy those sounds with this brilliant Baroque concert.


4 December 2018, 19.30
Mitsuko Uchida: Schubert Sonata
Royal Festival Hall
This is the first of two recitals this season in which the great Mitsuko Uchida continues her two-year exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas. We hear two of Schubert’s best known sonatas – the dark, turbulent Sonata in A minor, D.784 and his penultimate Sonata, D.959, written during the final months of the his life. D.568 was amongst the first sonatas that Schubert wrote. Already displaying the composer's trademark elegance and gift for melody, it was written in 1817 – the same year that Beethoven wrote his revelatory Hammerklavier.


5 December 2018, 19.30
Jurowski conducts Bruckner
Royal Festival Hall
£10.00-£65.00 concessions available
‘Truly spectacular’ was how The Arts Desk described Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO’s performance of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony in 2017. The review went on to hail ‘a performance of conviction, power and compelling insight from start to end’.


5 December 2018, 19.30
Winter Lights
Queen Elizabeth Hall
£12.00-£25.00 Concessions available
The BBC Concert Orchestra casts a light into the darkness of December with this wintry themed concert. Star trumpeter Alison Balsom performs Guy Barker's The Lanterne of Light, a concerto exploring the character of demons associated with the Seven Deadly Sins. With works from past and present written especially for the BBC Concert Orchestra, music by Jonny Greenwood, Guy Barker and Anne Dudley meet a world premiere by BBC CO composer in residence Dobrinka Tabakova and a work by BBC Proms Inspire composer Sarah Jenkins.


6 December 2018, 19.30
Rouvali conducts Strauss
Royal Festival Hall
£12.00 - £58.00
Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali brings his ‘imaginative, often spectacular musicality’ (LA Times) to three Strauss masterpieces. He opens with the suite from Der Rosenkavalier, an opera so successful that special trains ran from Berlin to Dresden to whisk audiences to its opening run. The music paints vivid portraits of the four main characters – the Marschallin, Octavian, the young lover she knows she cannot keep, the graceful Sophie and the foolish Baron von Ochs – and their aristocratic world.


7 December 2018, 19.30
Mitsuko Uchida: Schubert Sonatas
Royal Festival Hall
£15.00-£65.00/,br /> The second of this season’s recitals in Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonata survey. Opening with the elegant early A minor sonata, D.537 the programme continues with Sonata in C, D.840 – a stylistically pioneering work that the composer left unfinished. Uchida completes her journey through Schubert’s Sonatas with his final composition in the genre – the great B flat major Sonata, D.960 – his greatest composition for the piano and a masterpiece in its own right.


7 December 2018, 19.45
Purcell Room
Mark Bowden’s new saxophone concerto is inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s bestselling history of humankind, Sapiens.


8 December 2018, 12.00
Christmas Carols
Royal Festival Hall
Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new in this study. Did Henry VIII really compose a Christmas carol? What’s the difference between a carol and a hymn? What on earth is wassailing and why does it involve toast? Where do modern carols come from and how do they fit into a festive singalong? Whether you wish it could be Christmas everyday or you want to celebrate in a special way this festive season that comes just once a year, prepare yourself to get the most out of any carol singalong in this study day. Alexandra Coghlan, author of Carols from King’s (Ebury, 2016) guides us through the rich history of Christmas carols up to the present as we examine what you need to know, with academics, experts, and live music. Singing guaranteed!


8 December 2018, 19.30
Jerusalem Quartet
Queen Elizabeth Hall
‘Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for’ says the BBC Music Magazine about the Jerusalem Quartet, welcomed at Southbank Centre now for over 15 years. The quartet is made up of violinists Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler, violist Ori Kam and cellist Kyril Zlotnikov. Their 2015 ICMS appearance at St John’s Smith Square was greeted in The Observer as ‘among the year’s best events.’


8 December 2018, 19.30
The Swingling Sixties
Royal Festival Hall
Imagine a symphony that takes in everything a symphony has been and everything a symphony could be. Picture an orchestral showpiece that’s simultaneously a protest, a celebration, and an outrageous postmodern prank from the heart of 1960s counterculture. Berio’s Sinfonia is all that and much more.


9 December 2018, 14.00
NCO Under 13 Orchestra Winter Concert 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Come together to celebrate NCO’s 40th anniversary year at a musical showcase performed by accomplished young members, the Under 13 Orchestra. NCO has been astonishing audiences since 1978 and this is your chance to experience the magic for yourself in a festive party observing the past, present and future of one of Great Britain’s most remarkable organisations inside the classical music landscape.


9 December 2018, 15.00
Ashkenazy conducts Elgar
Royal Festival Hall
Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to conduct Elgar’s heartfelt Enigma Variations alongside works by Mendelssohn and Mozart. One of the best-loved pieces in British music, Elgar's Enigma Variations are dedicated to ‘my friends pictured within’.


13 December 2018, 19.30
Christmas with King's College Choir
Royal Festival Hall
The Philharmonia joins forces with the world-renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge for a seasonal celebration. Enjoy an evening of festive classics, including a sublime selection of carols performed by the famous voices of the chapel choristers, as well as carols for all.


14 December 2018, 19.30
Grand Christmas Classics
Royal Festival Hall
Start your Christmas celebrations in style with a fanfare featuring over 200 performers. This concert features seasonal classics, festive readings and joyful song, all crowned by a selection of your favourite carols for all.


16 December 2018, 15.00
Christmas at the Movies
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50 - £49.50 concessions available
Join us for a magical afternoon of Christmas treats at this concert of timeless classics, stuffed full of great music from your favourite festive films.


16 December 2018, 19.30
Royal Festival Hall
Hear 350 voices in monumental harmony performing Handel’s choral masterpiece. The power of massed choirs is joined with the talents of four internationally renowned soloists and the esteemed Philharmonia Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of music.

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Venue Details

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Box Office
020 3879 9555

Nearest tube
Temple / Embankment / Charing Cross


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3-9, 13-14, 16 December 2018



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