London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Spitalfields Winter Festival

Spitalfields Winter Festival

This year's Winter Festival offers treats for the ears and eyes in inspiring locations including a hidden Masonic Temple, the Tower of London and Shoreditch Town Hall’s grand Assembly Hall. Whether it’s smooth choral sounds to savour, catchy rhythms to dance to, or dining treats to enjoy, the Winter Festival has something for you.


TBC December 2016
Open Call: Works in Progress
£5.00 per performance or £10.00 for all three

Earlier this summer, as part of the Open Call initiative, we challenged music creators to make performances that responded to some of the big issues in the 21st century, whilst helping them develop their artistic practice and explore new ways of working.

Come and experience three innovative works in progress, which challenge how music is performed, created and experienced. Each performance provides a rare glimpse into the creative process by three very different music creators: Timothy Cape, Ailís Ní Ríain and Jackie Walduck.


4 December 2016, 14.00, 16.30
TROUPE: The Empty Chair

Brady Arts & Community Centre
Two people find their world turned upside-down by the mysterious silence of an empty chair. Aided by the whirling Keeper of Noises, they gently get to grips with this puzzling object through music, poetry and on-stage sound effects.

A mischievous musical adventure exploring loss, change and friendship, featuring great music by Couperin, Beethoven, Berio, Moondog, Meredith Monk and TROUPE.

Great fun for everyone ages 7+


4 December 2016, 19.30
Gothic Voices: Tower of London
The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula

Join outstanding vocal ensemble Gothic Voices in the dramatic and eerily quiet Tower of London for an intimate performance in the Chapel Royal – the final resting place of Sir Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey.

Gothic Voices offset medieval and renaissance settings of Marian texts with contemporary interpretations, revealing both the mythical and human aspects of the Virgin Mary.


5-7 December 2016, 19.00
The Dead Poets Social Club
Venue to be confirmed on booking

Poet, librarian and literary super-sleuth Chris McCabe is on a quest to discover one great, lost poet in the Victorian cemeteries of London – from Nunhead to West Norwood, and Highgate to Tower Hamlets.

Join Chris and special guests as they perform a musical ritual awakening and begin to unearth dark stories from London’s literary past – shedding new light on the likes of Tennyson and Blake.


5 December 2016, 19.00
The Sixteen
Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall

The Three Wise Kings take centre stage in this festive concert packed full of traditional favourites, imperishable Renaissance masterpieces and seasonal classics from The Sixteen, one of the world’s greatest ensembles.

This magnificent Grade II landmark building, with its high ceilings, marble-pannelled walls and glorious architecture, provides an elegant backdrop for the impeccable sound of this well-loved choir.


6 December 2016, 18.15, 20.30
Protein: May Contain Food
Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall

This witty and irreverent dance and music theatre show from acclaimed dance company Protein, created by choreographer Luca Silvestrini and renowned composer Orlando Gough, is inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes.

Four vocalists and four dancers sing for their supper in a dining setting that will, most probably, contain food…


6 December 2016, 19.00
Melvyn Tan

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Join us for a unique celebration with illustrious pianist and friend of the festival Melvyn Tan with a specially curated programme marking Melvyn’s 60th and our 40th birthdays.

Featuring Catching Fire, a new work by former Spitalfields Music Artistic Director Jonathan Dove and Variations for Judith, a set of variations by other former Artistic Directors, and a new variation by Rolf Hind.

7 December 2016, 19.00
The English Concert: Shakespeare in Love

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Chamber orchestra The English Concert marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with an evening of lush arias and love duets from baroque operas inspired by his greatest works, including Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. 

Written for the superstars of the time, an astonishing range of emotional roles are contained within, from seduction and ambition to madness, betrayal and revenge.

8 December 2016, 19.00
Platform: Jazz Generation
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Laidback jazz and swinging big band classics played with verve, style and passion by talented and skilled east London young musicians.

Suitable for all ages.

8 December 2016, 19.30
Sound House
The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London

Combining historical and unusual instruments with modern sound technology, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments explore the aural illusions and seemingly magical phenomena that so intrigued 17th-century philosopher and father of modern science, Francis Bacon.

9-10 December 2016, 10.30, 12.30
Musical Rumpus: Catch A Sea Star
£8.00 per child, £2.00 per accompanying adult, £5.00 per additional adult
Brady Arts & Community Centre

When Lyra follows her dog in search of her missing toy star, their adventure leads them to an underwater kingdom that desperately needs to get its sparkle back. A spellbinding adventure for babies and toddlers bubbling with the magical music of JS Bach.

From our award-winning opera series for toddlers, Musical Rumpus.

Suitable for ages 0-2½.

9 December 2016, 20.00
Carnatic Connections
£12.00 unreserved standing event

Put on your dancing shoes because Bollywood Brass Band are bringing the danceable rhythms of Bollywood blockbusters to the East End.

Joined by Europe’s leading violinist from the South Indian classical tradition Jyotsna Srikanth, the UK’s top baraat band are putting on a thrilling night of instrumental Bollywood film classics and brand-new material.

Expect plenty of brass and saxophones synched to projections of lively dance sequences from original Indian films.

10 December 2016, 18.30
Disappearing Dining Club & Hugo Ticciati
£60.00 includes three courses, cocktail aperitif & music
Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel

Indulge yourself with an exquisite dinner set within one of east London’s best kept secrets: a hidden Masonic Temple opulently bedecked with marble and gilt.

You’ll be treated to three courses of sumptuous food and a welcome cocktail in this stunning space while young virtuoso Hugo Ticciati entertains with the embellished sounds of JS Bach.

10 December 2016, 19.00
Siglo de Oro
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Siglo de Oro – one of the leading young choirs of its generation – returns for a compelling Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance music and a series of newly-commissioned works inspired by medieval prayers.

An evening filled with mystery and hope, contrasting the resonance of the saxophone with the glowing richness of the choir.


11 December 2016, 12.00, 14.30, 18.00
Disappearing Dining Club
£28.00 includes two courses & a cocktail aperitif
Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel

Enter the unique setting of this Grecian Masonic Temple for a brunch, lunch or dinner experience with a difference, hosted by pop-up dining supremos Disappearing Dining Club.

Book for the early or late sitting so you can get to the afternoon concert – the B Minor Mass performed by Solomon’s Knot at Shoreditch Town Hall. The perfect Sunday!

11 December 2016, 14.30
Solomon’s Knot: B Minor Mass

Christ Church Spitalfields

A dazzling performance of JS Bach’s awe-inspiring masterpiece, the B Minor Mass, widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in sacred choral music. Sung from memory and without a conductor, this virtuosic realisation offers a thrillingly intense presentation of Bach’s prized work.

The elaborate surroundings of Shoreditch Town Hall Assembly Room set the stage for the return of Solomon’s Knot following their sold-out, barnstorming performance at last year’s Winter Festival.

Venue Details

Brady Arts and Community Centre
192-196 Hanbury Street
London E1 5HU


Chapel Royal of
St Peter ad Vincula
Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

Christ Church
Commercial Street
London E1 6LY

Shoreditch Church
Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JN


Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel
40 Liverpool Street
London EC2M 7QN


The Octagon
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Box Office
020 7377 1362

Nearest tube
Liverpool St / Aldgate East / Whitechapel

More info

4-11 December 2016



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