London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas at St James's Piccadilly

Christmas at St James's Piccadilly

30 November 2018, 19.30
G4 Christmas Concert
Sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting. X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 return to St James’s on their 2018 ‘Christmas by Candlelight’ UK tour. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want for Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit. The Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts will also be performing in association with G4 Young Voices. This tour is in association with Missing People and their 'Home for Christmas' Appeal.


1 December 2018, 19.30
New London Singers
Rutter - Hymn to the Creator
Bairstow - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Pärt - Bogoróditse Djévo
Tavener - Hymn to the Mother of God No.1
Dove - Seek him that Maketh the 7 Stars
Ord - Adam Lay Ybounden
Jim Clements - Gabriel's Message
Howells - A Spotless Rose
Peacock - Veni Veni Emmanuel
Britten - A Hymn to the Virgin
Parsons - Ave Maria
Victoria - O magnum misterium
Jean Mouton - Nesciens Mater 
Hymn - Of the Father's Heart Begotten
Hymn - O Come O Come Emmanuel


3 December 2018, 13.10
Valentina Ciardelli, double bass 
Ignazio Alayza, viola
Minyoung Bae, piano

A varied programme for double bass with music by Puccini, Dittersdorf and Frank Zappa


5 December 2018, 13.10
Arda Karakaya, violin
Thibault Charrin, piano
Aïda Lahlou, piano
Thibault Charrin - Violin Sonata
Chopin - Nocturne Op.48 No.1 in C minor
Liszt - Ballade No.2


7 December 2018, 13.10
Atsuko Kawakami, piano
Galuppi - Piano Sonata No.5, in C major
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.17, in D minor, Op.31 No.2, 'Tempest'
Chopin - Ballade No.4, in F minor, Op.52


7 December 2018, 19.30
Music for Advent and Christmas
Musicians from King’s College School, Wimbledon present a programme of music by Handel, Rutter and Chilcott.


8 December 2018, 19.30
Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight
Beethoven - ‘Moonlight’ Sonata
Chopin - Prelude Op.45
Mendelssohn - Piano Sonata No.1
Grieg - Lyric Pieces
Liszt - Midnight Procession; Mephisto Waltz No.1


10 December 2018, 13.10
Timothee Botbol, cello
John Paul Ekins, piano
Bloch - Méditation Hébraïque
Beethoven - Sonata for cello and piano No.4 in C major, Op.102 No.1
Sollima  - Lamentatio
Debussy - Sonata for cello and piano


12 December 2018, 13.10
Lucent Duo
Elisabeth Turmo, violin
Elena Toponogova, piano
Medtner - Violin Sonata No. 1, Op 21
Arvo Pärt - Fratres
Traditional Norwegian tunes on the Hardanger Fiddle
Zimbalist - Concert Fantasy on the Golden Cockerel


13 December 2018, 19.00
Phab's Fanfare for Christmas
Carols and festive music for choir and audience and celebrity readings in aid of Phab.


14 December 2018, 13.10
Natalie Johnson-Hyde, soprano
Lana Bode, piano
Jeremy Thurlow - A London Street in Winter 
Cornelius - Weihnachtslieder
Dohnanyi - Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas song "The Angel is from Heaven"
Hindemith - Pastores loquebantur
Wolf - Die ihr schwebet
Hindemith - Angelus Domini Apparuit
Dohnányi - Winter Rounds Op.13 No.9 ‘Morgengrauen‘


14 December 2018, 19.30
Orchestra of the City
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Suite
John Williams - Suite from Star Wars
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1


15, 19 December 2018, 19.30
Comes the Light
Indulge your festive spirit and join London Oriana Choir for their much-loved Christmas choral celebration, as they present an evening of seasonal music including a world premiere from star video games music composer Jessica Curry. 


17 December 2018, 13.10
Pavel Ralev, guitar
Bach - Partita for Violin Nr. 2, BWV 1004,
Fernando Sor - Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op.9
Agustín Barrios - La Catedral
Kiril Boshikyov - Rêverie de Thrace
Alexandre Tansman - Cavatina
Antonio Lauro - Vals Venezolano No. 3


18 December 2018, 17.39.00
Carols for Shoppers
Take a break from your last-minute Christmas shopping and add your voice to the Vigala Singers and musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department in this service of popular Christmas carols and readings. The service will include the world premiere of a new carol by young composer Phoebe McFarlane.


19 December 2018, 13.10
Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo
Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey, guitars
Albéniz – Aragon (from Suite Española No.1 Op.47)
Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso (from Miroirs)
Janáček - In The Mists
Joaquin Nin-Culmell - Tonadas (excerpts)
Piazzolla - Tango Suite


20 December 2018, 19.30

Handel's Messiah
Handel's great perennial masterpiece. Experience the pathos and the grandeur of this timeless music in the perfectly suited and intimate surroundings of St James’s Church - itself a Baroque masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren.


21 December 2018, 13.10
J5O Brass
David Marley & Patrick Dodds, trumpets
Eddie Morgan, horn
Haydn Leech, trombone
Christopher Bearman, tuba
Leroy Anderson - A Christmas Festival
Handel - Gloria In Excelsis Deo
Peter Cornelius - Die Könige (from Weihnachtslieder)
Liszt - Psallite (from Weihnachtsbaum)
Martin Cordner - Everlasting Light
John Williams - Somewhere In My Memory (from Home Alone)
Danny Elfman - The Nightmare Before Christmas
Paul Williams - Selections from ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’
Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride


21 December 2018, 19.30
The Piccadilly Christmas Concert
Piccadilly Sinfonietta
Warren Mailley-Smith, piano
Susan Parkes, soprano
Albinoni  - Adagio in G minor
Corelli - Christmas Concerto Op 6 No.8   
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik  
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467  
Bach - Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring 
Puccini - Operatic arias for Christmas  


22 December 20178, 19.30
Helen Jane Long

Top 10 Billboard artist Helen Jane Long makes a welcome return to St James’s. Known for her memorable piano themes and evocative string arrangements, Helen is joined by The London Players  to perform music from her six acclaimed albums, including her latest release Perspective, hailed as 'gorgeously recorded featuring elements of classical, cinematic soundtrack and pop'.


29 December 2018, 18.00
Gershwin and Moonlight
Warren Mailley-Smith, piano
Rest your weary feet after you’ve done the post-Christmas sales, and enjoy a one-hour recital of beautiful piano music, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and a collection of Gershwin favourites, such as I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, and Rhapsody in Blue.


29 December 2018, 20.00
The Four Seasons by Candlelight
Piccadilly Sinfonia
Warren Mailley-Smith, piano
Lucy Humpris, trumpet
Come and enjoy a programme of candlelit concertos, including the Vivaldi’s Christmas Concerto and his timeless Four Seasons, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 and Pachelbel’s Canon. Tickets include a free glass of bubbly in the interval.

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Venue Details

St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL

Box Office
020 7381 0441

Nearest tube
Piccadilly Circus


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30 November, 1, 3, 5, 7-8, 10, 12-15, 17-22, 29 December 2018


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