London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas at Southbank

Christmas at Southbank

2 December 2016, 13.00-14.00
Jess Vincent 
Foyer spaces
Jess Vincent brings her soulful and engrossing music to you for lunchtime entertainment.

A vibrant singer-songwriter from Wiltshire, Jess Vincent has earned herself a reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the folk and Americana acoustic scenes.


2 December 2016, 17.30-19.00
Family Atlantica Duo
Foyer spaces
Family Atlantica Duo, based in London and fronted by celebrated vocalist Luzmira Zerpa, along with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias, convey a delightful insight into Venezuela's musical roots through the singer's mighty voice and the percussionist's mastery of rhythms pretty much unknown outside Venezuela.


4 December 2016, 15.00
Tchaikovsky: Winter Tales
Philharmonia Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall
£11.00-£55.00 concessions available

Scenes from Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky's heartfelt opera of love, loss and regret, come together with music from his best-loved ballets. Swan Lake tells of a beautiful swan princess and her prince's doomed attempts to save her, while in The Nutcracker, it is Christmas Eve and toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and military mice come to life.

Concert supported by the Friends of the Philharmonia.


5 December 2016, 19.30
John Lewis Partnership Music Society Christmas Concert
Royal Festival Hall
£15.00 Concessions available

Feel the festive cheer in an evening of Christmas songs featuring choir and orchestra.

The John Lewis Partnership Christmas Concert brings together JLP employees from 18 of its choirs and orchestras around the country, in what has always been one of the society’s most popular annual events.

This year, John Rutter’s comic tale of The Reluctant Dragonpromises to bring a smile to all faces, before you hear the premiere of Tony Biggin’s A Christmas Day, commissioned to mark The Cavendish Ensemble’s 20th birthday.

Even more entertainment beckons in the second half, with carols for choir and audience alike, all under the baton of Manvinder Rattan, the company’s own musical director.


9 December 2016, 13.00-14.00
Foyer spaces
Lambrego, an Anglo-Brazilian duo formed of Fernando Machado (guitar and vocals) and Hannah Dunster (flute and vocals), is a unification of two distinctive cultures, mixing polyphonic melodies, rhythm and poetry, while experimenting with traditional Brazilian rhythms and lively flute melodies.


9 December 2016, 17.30-19.00
London Lucumi Choir
Foyer spaces

Formed in 2006 by Martha Galarraga and Daniela Rosselson De Armas, with help from percussionist Dave Pattman, the London Lucumi Choir has grown in number from 12 to 25, with singers ranging from 16-years-old to over 60s. Members come from all walks of life and do not have to audition to join.


9 December 2016, 19.30
Messiah by Candlelight
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50-£48.50 (concessions 50% off)

Handel's choral masterpiece is performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra.

They are joined by four soloists in resplendent period costume for this concert, staged in an evocative candle-lit style setting.


10 December 2016, 19.30
Friday Night Is Music Night: Merry Christmas!
Royal Festival Hall
£20.00-£55.00 (concessions 50% off)

The Mozart Festival Orchestra returns to Royal Festival Hall, jFill yourself with festive cheer at this special BBC Radio 2 Christmas concert.

BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night: Merry Christmas!features classic Christmas songs, poetry, and an adaptation with music of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra plus choir, and West End star singers and actors.

Bells will be rung, carols will be sung and music will include 'White Christmas', 'Sleigh Ride' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', plus excerpts from Victor Healy Hutchinson's Carol Symphony.


11 December 2016, 15.00
Christmas Classics with Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50-£49.50 (concessions 50% off)

Plus carols for all.


18 December 2016, 12.00-18.30
Tomorrow's Warriors
Foyer spaces

Kickstart your festive celebrations with extraordinary jazz talent.

Tomorrow's Warriors take over The Clore Ballroom with their junior band, youth ensemble and house band featuring musicians spanning TW's Young Artist Development Programme.

Also appearing will be StringTing, the ensemble formed out of their innovative JazzStrings programme, and the Vintage Warriors, a new initiative by Artistic Director, Gary Crosby OBE, to encourage older musicians to learn to play jazz.

The day also features an open workshop and jam session with opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Concluding the day, is a performance of their flagship ensemble, Tomorrow's Warriors Youth Orchestra.


21 December 2016, 10.30, 11.30
Pram Jam: Music and Singin for Under 5s
Foyer spaces
£5.00 admits one adult and up to two children (5 and under)

Warm up your vocals in our under 5s singing workshop.

This workshop gets you in the festive mood, as you and your child work together to sing well-known winter favourites and a few newbies.

You are led by an experienced workshop leader who will get you singing your heart out.


23 December 2016, 13.00-14.00
Shanghai Syncopated Orchestra
Foyer spaces

You're invited to listen, dance and delight in with lively and happy music from decades long ago.

Shanghai Syncopated Orchestra play jazz and dance orchestrations from the 1920s and 1930s as they were originally written.

Their line-up features saxophones, violin, piano, bass, drums, banjo, trombone and vocals.


23 December 2016, 17.30-19.00
Hot Rock Pilgrims
Foyer spaces

See some of the most exciting young pickers from south east England.

The Hot Rock Pilgrims are an old-time, bluegrass group featuring some of the best in the genre.

Dan Edwards is well known for his guitar and clawhammer work with bands such as The So Last Century String Band and most recently with Ben Paley's Long Hill Ramblers. Hubert, Bruno and Sam have been making waves with their bluegrass Irish fusion band, Lands End.

Add to the lineup the newly appointed old-time fiddle player Kieran Towers and they together take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants.


30 December 2016, 13.00-14.00
Bring the Buskers in
Foyer spaces

Come and see the talented buskers who usually perform on Queens Walk.

We bring the buskers in from the cold, with three acts from our busking programme performing inside Royal Festival Hall.

Belle and the Busker's sound mixes melodic song-writing with mellifluous harmonies and slick musicianship. They have been championed by Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 with several plays of the track 'Takes Two', which has also been a feature on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio London.

Sharlette, a talented singer-songwriter from London, brings her contemporary soulful, bluesy pop sounds to the masses. With influences ranging from Etta James to Paloma Faith, Sharlette plays in venues across London. Having recently featured on BalconyTV and various other music media platforms, Sharlette is currently recording her EP which is due for release later this year.


30 December 2016, 17.30-19.00
Sherika Sherard
Foyer spaces

Witness the velvet smooth vocals of r 'n' b singer and song-writer Sherika Sherard.

A regular on the Southbank busking scene, Sherika's infectious creativity and positive outlook on life has garnered her loyal fans. One of whom is legendary British sould singer Seal, who paid her a visit while busking to perform Marvin Gaye's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and Seal's own smash-hit 'Kiss From A Rose'.

Since then, Sherika has opened for Seal at Greenwich Music Time and the Cirque Royal in Brussels. She has also successfully crowd-funded her debut album, 'Just Saying'. Hear her for yourself when she takes the mic for Friday Tonic.

Venue Details

Expired - Event is in the past
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Box Office
020 7960 4200

Nearest tube
Temple / Embankment / Charing Cross

More info

2-30 December 2016


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