London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Christmas at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Christmas is the most important time for Concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields and this season features a packed programme of festive favourites.


Tickets kept at 2015 prices!


26 November 2016, 16.00
Advent Carols by Candlelight
The London Concert Choir has just celebrated 50 years of music making. With more than 100 members of a wide range of ages, the choir regularly appears at all the major London concert venues and is notable for its unusually broad repertoire and for the conviction and expressiveness of its performances under its Music Director, Mark Forkgen. Recent seasons have included performances of Britten’s War Requiem; Haydn’s oratorio The Creation and Verdi’s Requiem, as well as Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert and a concert version of Gluck’s opera Orfeo. The choir often gives performances for charity and over the years has sung a number of specially commissioned works; it also undertakes concerts outside the capital and abroad, visiting Germany in 2011.


26 November 2016, 19.30
English Music for the Season of Advent
Details of the programme for this concert will follow - check with the organisers.

2 December 2016, 19.30
A Norwegian Concert at Christmas
The annual Norwegian Christmas Concert takes place at St Martin-in-the-Fields celebrating the installment of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square, a gift to London from the people of Norway.

5 December 2016, 16.00
Family Christmas Concert with Audience Carols
Enjoy excerpts from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and sing along to popular carols with us.


5 December 2015, 19.30
Christmas Concert with Audience Carols
London Musical Arts Orchestra and Ensemble has performed regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields since 1992 and has also appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, at festivals and on tour abroad. Formed by conductor and educator John Landor, it is notable for its innovative Mini Maestro family concerts and Meet the Music events. It brings together some of London’s finest musicians, notable for their enthusiasm and commitment to inspiring audiences both young and old.


5 December 2016, 19.30
The Joys of Christmas
Join the famous Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields in this concert of seasonal music and carols for brass, organ and audience including Hark! The Herald Angels SingO Come All Ye Faithful and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.


8 December 2016, 19.30
The Glory of Christmas
Keith Marshall, the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge and the Thames Chamber Orchestra invite you to celebrate Christmas with a selection of festive music and audience carols, plus seasonal readings and poems, including works by Shakespeare, Kipling and Dickens.


9 December 2016, 19.30
Bach Christmas Oratorio by Candlelight
The London Bach Singers is a chamber choir of virtuosi, specifically founded to perform the great choral works of Bach with their sister group the Feinstein Ensemble. The singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses. Each member is an established soloist in their own right with a vast experience in the performance of baroque music.

10 December 2016, 16.00
Carols for Shoppers
Take a break from your hectic schedule of Christmas shopping with an afternoon of carols and festive music in the beautiful and relaxing setting of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Join in with traditional carols including Hark the Heralds Angels Sing and Come all ye Faithful and listen to an array of festive gems such as In the Bleak Midwinter and Away in a Manger.

10 December 2016, 19.30
A Festival of Carols
Selected favourite carols for choir, organ, quartet and audience. New London Singers are one of London’s most dynamic chamber choirs. Their repertoire includes music that is both broad and adventurous, including sacred and secular, Renaissance to contemporary. Concerts range from great choral works to ambitious and exciting a cappella performances. They strive to perform memorable music of the highest quality. Conducted by Ivor Setterfield, New London Singers perform regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place, London.


15 December 2016, 19.30
The Spirit of Christmas – The Annual Celebration
Join the Locrian Ensemble and Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs for a feast of festive fun with carols for choirs, audience, organ and orchestra.

16 and 17 December 2016, 19.30
Handel – Messiah by Candlelight
Handel’s timeless ‘Messiah’ is the ideal way to celebrate the festive season. Join the English Chamber Choir and Belmont Ensemble of London for this annual performance.

17 December 2016, 16.00
Christmas with the English Chamber Choir
The acclaimed English Chamber Choir presents a seasonal feast of your favourite Christmas Carols for choir, organ and audience including Once in Royal David’s City, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come all ye Faithful, The First Nowell, Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Jingle Bells, In the Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night, White Christmas and many more.

19 December 2016, 19.30
Christmas Gala by Candlelight
Director and Conductor Steven Devine is the master of ceremonies for the Festive Orchestra of London’s annual Christmas celebration. This popular concert includes masterpieces of the Baroque by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi as well as traditional Christmas carols for audience, orchestra, soloists and organ.

22 December 2016, 16.00
Festive Family Carols by Candlelight
Join St Martin’s Voices in this joyful celebration of family carols for Christmas. Carols for choir and audience include Away in a Manger, We three Kings, and Once in Royal David’s City as well as entertaining solos by the choir including The Virgin Mary had a baby boy and Go tell it on the mountain. Fun for all the family!


22 December 2016, 19.30
A Christmas Celebration
Join the St Martin’s Chorus for festive music. With traditional music and carols for audience, choir and brass, this is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.


23 December 2016, 16.00
A Christmas Celebration
Christmas is around the corner, so why not bring all of the family along to this special performance of Howard Blake’s The Snowman for narrator and orchestra? The concert also includes audience carols Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’s City.


23 December 2016, 19.30
Carols for Christmas by Candlelight
Join St Martin’s Voices and the Will Todd Ensemble in this joyful celebration of Christmas. Carols for choir and audience include Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.


27 December 2016, 18.00
Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
Presenting a programme of some of the world’s most loved piano repertoire, Daniel Grimwood is one of the most original and insightful musicians of his generation.


27 December 2016, 19.45
Viennese Christmas by Candlelight
London Concertante is one of the most exciting chamber orchestras in the country and presents a programme of Viennese favourites for the festive season.


29 December 2016, 19.30
The Complete Brandenburgs at Christmas
London Octave perform all six Brandenburg Concertos in their annual Christmas Concert. Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1988 from London’s leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience.


30 December 2016, 18.30
Handel Messiah by Candlelight
Join Robert Porter as he leads the Brandenburg Festival Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia in Handel’s glorious Messiah.

30 December 2016, 21.30
A Ceremony of Carols by Candlelight
The second concert of the evening features the brilliant Rodolfus Choir with their conductor, Ralph Allwood. The programme includes works by Mahler, Bach, Villette and Britten.


31 December 2016, 11.30
Mini Maestro Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
Come and enjoy two timeless children’s classics: Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and excerpts from Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, with The Flight of the Bumblebee and some Christmas carols thrown in for good measure!


31 December 2016, 15.30
New Year’s Eve Operetta Matinee
Come and start your celebrations for New Year’s Eve with a candlelit concert featuring a glittering array of arias and scenes from favourite operas and operettas.


1 January 2016, 19.30
New Year’s Day Extravaganza by Candlelight
The Festive Orchestra of London, directed by violinist Catherine Manson, presents a programme of Baroque favourites by candlelight including Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and culminating in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Venue Details

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St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London WC2

Box Office
020 7766 1100

Nearest tube
Charing Cross

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26 November 2016 -
1 January 2017



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