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.


29 November, 20, 22 December, 19.30, 29 December 2018, 18.30
Handel Messiah by Candlelight
The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded by its Musical Director, Peter Dyson in 1991, winning instant critical acclaim. It is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.


1 December 2018, 11.00
John Landor’s Mini Maestro Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals
Come and enjoy two timeless children’s classics: Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and excerpts from Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals, with Flight of the Bumblebee and some Christmas Carols thrown in for good measure! The concert is performed by the acclaimed London Myriad Ensemble, joined by David Lempriere-Laughton.


1 December 2018, 16.00
John Landor’s Family Christmas Concert with Audience Carols

Enjoy excerpts from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and sing along to your favourite carols.


1 December 2018, 19.30
Christmas Concert with Audience Carols
Handel – Excerpts from Water Music
Handel – ‘Overture’ from Music for the Royal Fireworks
Vivaldi – ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons
Handel – ‘Overture’ and ‘Pastoral Symphony’ from the Messiah
Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Bach – Excerpts from Suite No 3 in D

Plus carols for orchestra, and audience including Away in a Manger, The First Nowell, Silent Night, and O Come all ye Faithful

6, 19 December, 19.30, 23 December 2018, 18.30
A Christmas Celebration
Leontovich – Carol of the Bells
Wood – Ding Dong Merrily on High
Trad. arr. Willcocks – Sussex Carol
Trad. arr. Rutter – O Tannenbaum

Plus carols for brass, organ, and audience including Once in Royal David’s CityGod Rest ye Merry Gentlemen and O Come all ye Faithful.


8 December 2018, 16.00
Carols for Shoppers
Take a break from your hectic schedule of Christmas shopping with an afternoon of carols & festive music in the beautiful and relaxing setting of St Marin in the Fields. Join in with traditional carols including Hark the Herald Angles Sing and O Come all ye Faithful and listen to an array of festive gems such as In the Bleak Mid Winter and Away in a Manger.


8 December 2018, 19.30
A Festival of Carols by Candlelight
Join the New London Singers and their conductor Ivor Setterfield for a festive selection of favourite carols for choir, organ and audience.


13 December 2018, 19.30
The Glory Of Christmas
Bach – ‘Christians be joyful’ from the Christmas Oratorio
Vivaldi – ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Handel – ‘Christmas Music’ from the Messiah
Handel – ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from the Messiah

Including carols for choir and audience with seasonal readings and poetry, including works by Shakespeare, Kipling and Dickens

14 December 2018, 19.30
The Spirit Of Christmas – The Annual Celebration
Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Trad. – The Twelve Days of Christmas
Howard Blake – Walking in the Air
Bach – Choruses from Christmas Oratorio
Plus carols for massed choirs, strings and audience.

15, 23 December 2018, 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 MangerWe three Kingsand 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!


15 December 2018, 19.30
Carols for Christmas by Candlelight
Leontovich – Carol of the Bells
Pearsall – In dulci jubilo
Rutter – Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Lauridsen – O magnum mysterium
Whitacre – Lux Aurumque

Plus carols for brass, organ and audience including O Come, All Ye FaithfulJoy to the world! and While Shepherds Watched their Flocks.


17 December 2018, 19.30
Christmas Gala by Candlelight
Handel – ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ and ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from the Messiah
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Bach – Excerpts from Christmas Oratorio
Vivaldi – ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons
Bach – Excerpts from Mass in B minor
Bach  – Excerpts from Magnificat

Plus carols for choir and audience.


21 December 2018, 19.30
The Joys of Christmas
Handel – For unto us a child is born
Poulenc – Hodie Christus natus est
Rutter – What sweeter music
Bednall – Alleluia! A new work is come on hand
Plus carols for brass, organ and audience including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come all ye Faithful and It came upon the Midnight Clear.


22 December 2018, 14.00, 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 Faithfull , Ding Dong Merrily On High, Jingle Bells, In The Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night, White Christmas and many more.

27 December 2018, 18.00
Beethoven Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight
Beethoven – Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’
Schumann – Kinderszenen Op 15
Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit

27 December 2018, 19.45
Viennese Christmas
Strauss – ‘Overture’ from Die Fledermaus
Strauss – Trisch-trasch polka
Tchaikovsky – ‘Waltz’ from Sleeping Beauty
Schubert – Rondo for Violin and Strings
Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 5
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
Strauss – Blue Danube Waltz


28 December 2018, 19.30
The Complete Brandenburg Concertos at Christmas
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 1
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 4
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 6
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 5
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 2


29 December 2018, 10.15
Come and Sing: The World’s Greatest Christmas Choruses
Britten – A Ceremony of Carols

Rodolfus Choir
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Ralph Allwood Conductor


31 December 2018, 15.30
New Year’s Eve Operetta Matinée
A glittering array of favourite opera and operetta arias to start your New Year’s Eve celebrations performed by the Merry Opera Company.


1 January 2019, 19.00
New Year’s Day Extravaganza
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel – Canon and Gigue in D
Bach – Concerto for Oboe and Violin
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

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Venue Details

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

Box Office
020 7766 1100

Nearest tube
Charing Cross


More info

29 November, 1, 6, 8, 13-15, 17, 19-23, 27-29, 31 December 2018, 1 January 2019


Various some free

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