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Format: 2018-12-16
Format: 2018-12-16
  • 16 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Christmas Cracker with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Christmas Cracker (matinee) with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 22 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Baroque by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    Wrap up warm and make the festive period a little longer as the London Concertante perform a selection of 17th century festive classics by musical masters Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi and Corelli.

    Founded in 1991, the ensemble continues to travel up and down Britain, and beyond with tours throughout Europe and the USA. Recognised for their irresistible musical interpretations and enchanting performance style, it is no surprise that they have continued to find such far reaching support for over 25 years. Reaching critical acclaim on their numerous recordings, London Concertante have found themselves labelled one of the finest chamber ensembles in Europe.

    The programme opens with the recognisable Concerto by Corelli, whose original manuscript featured the inscription ‘Made for the Night of Christmas’. An especially fitting piece for this time of year to help kick off this Christmas Bonanza in true festive style. After five short, yet immensely exciting movements, the work concludes with a thought provoking and heart-warming rolling melody on the upper violins that conjures melancholic images of a warm family fire and ‘those good old days’. Accompanying pieces include works by household names of the classical genre: Mozart, Handel and Bach. As London Concertante present their works to you, indulge in the uniqueness of each composer and the variety of characters, moods and emotions they create, as the orchestra gracefully interprets the dots on the paper, and transforms them into an aural spectacle in this stunning candlelit venue. A selection of aptly seasonal movements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons bring a crisp freshness to the programme, with aggressive icy bursts and short, sharp accompaniment. Do not fear, you won’t be left feeling glum and shivery, as the uplifting and optimistic second movement of 'Winter' will warm you perfectly.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “I have rarely seen more passionate, talented people, yet so down to earth, funny and warm… Thank you for an enchanting evening”
    – a happy audience member (October 2017)

    “Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful.”
    – another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “The phrasing had a grace and breadth, the sound a real glow”
    – The Independent

    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Trio Sonata No 12 in D minor, variations on 'La Follia'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto Grosso No 7 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 18 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Christmas at Blackmore | The Stondon Singers (chamber choir)
    Christopher Tinker, Gwenllian Llyr, Michael Frith, The Stondon Singers
    Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore CM4 0RN
    United Kingdom

    Christmas at Blackmore is a popular annual feature on the Stondon Singers' calendar. This year we feature choruses from Handel's Messiah, and excerpts from Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.

    Performed in the atmospheric Priory Church of St Laurence, and featuring seasonal music and favourite audience carols, this concert regularly sells out and therefore we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Mulled wine and mince pies in the interval help to create a special Christmas atmosphere.

    The Stondon Singers were formed in 1968, and this concert marks the end of our golden anniversary year.

    Excerpts from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Lullaby, my sweet little baby
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Christmas selection
    Various ()
    Excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 22 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Music for Christmas | Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society
    Aurelian Symphony Orchestra, Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, James Schouten, Tim Hooper
    Brentwood Centre Brentwood CM15 9NN
    United Kingdom

    A feast of Christmas and seasonal music for choir, orchestra and audience with a special visit from Father Christmas. The concert will include a local school choir and we are discussing a return of The Chelmsford Ballet Company

  • 21 December 2018 - 1:30pm
    Paddington Bear's First Concert and Father Christmas | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie, Sir Trevor McDonald
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas treat for all the family! Our celebrity guest narrator will thril you with the tale of Paddington Bear and his first ever concert with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra. Along with actors and sound effect artists, the orchestra will provide the soundtrack to the screeening of Raymond Briggs’s film Father Christmas – an irreverent take on the character that will have you rolling in the aisles!

    Soundtrack to the film, 'Father Christmas'
    Mike Hewer ()
    Paddington Bear's First Concert
    Herbert Chappell (1934-)
  • 16 December 2018 - 6:30pm
    Chamber Ensemble of London
    Chamber Ensemble of London
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    *The concert is generously sponsored by the John Ireland Trust*

    The Chamber Ensemble of London close our Autumn season in an opulent musical night from Baroque to Britten, ideal in the run-up to the Christmas holiday season. Led by violinist Peter Fisher, the ensemble features handpicked players from some of London's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and their programmes combine music spanning the past and present of classical music.

    The Chamber Ensemble of London - up to 14 string players - is directed by the violinist Peter Fisher, amongst a handful of the world's finest musicians as The Times noted following a Royal Albert Hall concert in 2005.

    The Ensemble has given dozens of classical concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly and the Purcell Room. For many years it was associated with the Wavendon Festival run by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, which meant it also played light music and jazz as well as the standard baroque and classical repertoire. Versatile programming, often using special arrangements and new music, has led to engagements with the London Film Museum in County Hall, the Banqueting House and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Chamber Ensemble of London has also played for several music societies and at festivals outside London.

    Pre-concert recital | Musicians from the Royal College of Music, 5:30pm in the Main Hall

    The past and present collide in this pre-concert recital by selected ensembles from the Royal College of Music. The chirping grace notes of Haydn's String Quartet in C lend the piece's nickname 'The Bird', while American composer Kevin Puts' Lento Assai takes inspiration from the slow movement of Beethoven's final quartet.

    Kevin Puts Lento Assai
    Haydn Quartet in C Op.33 No.3 'The Bird'

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Ave Maria, 'Ellens Gesänge III' from 7 Gesänge aus Walter Scotts 'Fräulein vom See'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Simple Symphony
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Overture from L'Olimpiade
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    Cavatina, for violin and piano
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Bagatelle for violin and piano
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Tarte au Citron
    Clive Jenkins (1938-)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Hoe-down from Rodeo
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Rutter and Chilcott conduct Christmas carols
    BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    An absolute must for fans of Christmas carols – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the carols of John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. In this special concert, the two composers take turns to conduct their own festive repertoire with the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The programme is packed with seasonal favourites including the Star Carol, Jesus Child and The Shepherd’s Carol and there will also be the chance for audience participation to kick-start Christmas.

  • 23 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    A Victorian Christmas
    Christine Croshaw, Clive Conway, Liza Goddard, Robert Powell
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    From Christmas trees to Christmas cards, A Christmas Carol to Mrs Beeton’s plum pudding, the Victorians practically invented Christmas. Join two legends of stage and screen, Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth, Holby City) and Liza Goddard (Bergerac) to celebrate the delights of Christmas past, in the company of Queen Victoria, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Magical words, much-loved music – and a stocking full of festive good cheer!

  • 22 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Cathy Bell, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Graham Neal, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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