The St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival returns for its 36th year.
10 December 2021, 19.00, £10.00-£25.00
Handel's Messiah Reimagined
Handel – Messiah Reimagined (come & sing choirs, featuring choirs from around the world via zoom). A new performance of the London Handel Festival’s unique and ground- breaking performance of Handel’s masterpiece, blending ‘live’ and ‘virtual’.
14 December 2021, 19.30, £10.00-£30.00
Christmas with Christ Church
The Choristers and Clerks of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, directed by Steven Grahl, perform a selection of Christmas music to celebrate the festive season. The programme will include some familiar favourites and a range of works from the 16th century to the present day such as Palestrina, Poulenc, and Rutter.
15 December 2021, £20.00-£45.00
London Choral Sinfonia
Allow the LCS to serenade you with a concert of joyful music this Christmas. With an uplifting selection of festive pieces from the very best British composers, there is music for everyone to enjoy!
Beginning with Britten’s spell-binding Middle English poetry, A Ceremony of Carols, the concert continues with well-known audience carols and Christmas classics, alongside familiar Christmas tunes in new and enchanting arrangements. The programme culminates with Vaughan Williams’ majestic Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
16 December 2021, 19.30, £15.00-£40.00
In the deep, still darkness, only candles pierce the winter gloom. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in harmony. Aimed at the heart of Christmas, this atmospheric sequence of music old and new is a uniquely magical way to celebrate the festive season.
17 December 2021, 19.30, £15.00-£39.00
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and conductor Graham Ross return to St John’s, Smith Square Christmas Festival with ‘What sweeter music’, a joyous and ravishing programme of festive choral masterpieces old and new.
Hieronymus Praetorius’s Christmas Magnificat and Palestrina’s ‘Surge, illuminare’ sit alongside two exquisite Hymns to the Virgin by Pierre Villette and Benjamin Britten, James Long’s invigorating ‘Vigilate’, motets by Messiaen, Tavener, Will Todd, John Rutter, and a beautiful selection of arrangements that tell us that Christmas has truly begun.
18 December 2021, 17.00, 19.30, £15.00-£30.00
City of London Choir - Carols by Candlelight
The annual “carol concert with bells on” (in the words of The Guardian) under the baton of Hilary Davan Wetton.
The City of London Choir ("terrific intensity of tone" - Daily Telegraph) returns for its much-loved Christmas celebration featuring classic carols, favourites old and new, and plenty of audience participation. A highlight of the festive season for all the family.
19 December 2021, 19.30, £15.00-£30.00
National Youth Music Theatre
Established in 1976, the National Youth Music Theatre's productions - including some 50 new commissions - have been seen throughout the UK and abroad, winning numerous accolades and awards. Over forty years the NYMT has had a huge cast and many have gone on to enrich the professional stage. Alumni include Michael Jibson, Lily James, Jude Law, Sheridan Smith, Matt Lucas, Kerry Ellis, Eddie Redmayne and Idris Elba.
20 December 2021. 13.05, £10.00
The Schola Cantorum from The Cardinal Vaughan School in West London join Portuguese harpist Zita Silva for a concert of Christmas music composed for boys voices and harp.
Benjamin Britten’s famous Ceremony of Carols is presented alongside a selection of carols by contemporary composers in a varied programme that the Schola has recently recorded and is due for release in November.
21 December 2021, 19.30, £25.00-£45.00
The Tallis Scholars
The Virgin Mary has inspired composers since the earliest days of sacred music as an art-form. This is a selection of such inspirations, from both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, ranging from Josquin to Stravinsky.
22 December 2021, 19.30, £20.00-£45.00
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge has established itself as one of the leading mixed-voice choirs in the world. In addition to singing the liturgy in the College Chapel, the Choir enjoys a programme of high-profile performances and recordings, international tours and regular broadcasts.
23 December 2021, 19.30, £30.00-£60.00
Handel's Messiah with Polyphony
Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are delighted to be back at St John’s Smith Square under the inspirational direction of Stephen Layton for another very special performance of Handel’s Messiah.