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Format: 2014-12-20
Format: 2014-12-20
  • 20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Ciara Hendrick, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Peter Davoren, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 26 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Boxing Day Baroque by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    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 in E, 'Il riposo, per il Santissimo Natale' (For the Holy Birth)
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Concerto Grosso No 6 in G minor, 'Christmas'
    Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)
    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Canon from Canon, from the Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G String from Air on a G String, from 'Orchestral Suite No 3'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Overture from Overture to 'Messiah'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from 'Solomon'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 20 December 2014 - 4:00pm
    Christmas with The English Chamber Choir
    English Chamber Choir, Guy Protheroe
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    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, O Come all ye Faithfull, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, O Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and many more.

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
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    22 December 2014 - 2:00pm
    The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Jack Dee, Jack Topping, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Legendary comedian Jack Dee narrates Peter and the Wolf. The Mozart Symphony Orchestra under conductor Philip Mackenzie provides a live accompaniment to the film of the Snowman and Jack Topping sings the aria 'Walking in the air'. A classic Christmas treat for all the family.

    The Snowman (film screening with live orchestral accompaniment)
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Family Carol Concerts | Nottingham Harmonic Choir and Thoresby Colliery Band
    Nottingham Harmonic Choir, Richard Laing, Thoresby Colliery Band
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Bring the whole family to enjoy Christmas music at these ever popular, child-friendly concerts. The choir and band lead the audience in well-loved Christmas carols, while the choir provides more peaceful interludes with celestial carol settings. The Thoresby Colliery Band adds sparkle with its solo items.

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah | Saint Michael's Singers and English Symphony Orchestra
    English Symphony Orchestra, Ian Caddy, Joseph Cornwell, Paul Leddington Wright, Philippa Hyde, Saint Michael's Singers, Simon Ponsford
    Parish Church of St John the Baptist Cirencester GL7 2NX
    United Kingdom
    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Music for Christmas | Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society
    Aurelian Symphony Orchestra, Chelmsford Ballet Company, Choir of St Thomas' School, Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, Tim Hooper
    Brentwood Centre Brentwood CM15 9NN
    United Kingdom

    A feast of seasonal and Chrismas music for choir, orchestra and audience with the additon of a ballet performance - extracts

    Festive Christmas Music
    Various ()
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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Pachelbel - Magnificat in D, and carols for choir and audience
    Derby Choral Union, Matthew Durkan, Richard Dacey, Tom Corfield
    Derby Cathedral Derby DE1 3DY
    United Kingdom

    This concert is designed to be a joyous pre Christmas musical occasion and will include children from a local primary school.

    The centre piece is Johann Pachelbel's beautiful Magnificat. Pachelbel was a contemporary of JS Bach and was well known to the Bach family. Although he is best known these days for his cannon he was highly regarded by his peers as a composer of organ, orchestral and choral music. His magnificat in D is considered to be amongst his finest compositions. The choir will also sing a number of well known and some lesser known carols and there will be opprtunities for audience participation.

    Magnificat in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | Eboracum Baroque - Cancer Research UK
    Chris Parsons, Eboracum Baroque Chorus, Eboracum Baroque Orchestra
    St John's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1TP
    United Kingdom

    Eboracum Baroque are delighted to be returning to St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge to perform Handel's celebrated work, Messiah. This performance will be in aid of Cancer Research UK. Relax in the run up to Christmas with this candlelit performance from some of the top young singers and instrumentalists in the UK. Performed on period instruments from the time of Handel, this is an evening of music not to be missed!

    The Messiah features many of Handel’s most famous choruses and arias notably the Hallelujah chorus. Originally composed in 1742 it is now one of the most performed works of classical music of all time across the world.

    Eboracum Baroque provide a performance platform for recent graduates from the top music institutions in the UK including the Royal College of Music and the University of York. The group has performed all across the UK including in the Ryedale Festival and Grimeborn Opera Festival and were recently described as some of the most promising young singers and musicians around today.’ - Music OMH

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 27 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Bach: The Complete Brandenburgs at Christmas
    Anthony Halstead, Dietrich Bethge, London Octave, Lorraine McAslan, Neil Brough, Norbert Blume, Philip Harmer, William Bennett
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos are among his most popular compositions. London Octave's performance at Christmas each year attracts a sell-out audience at St Martin's. Each concerto is unique and played by different solo instruments. Marvellously varied and lively musicmaking by some of Britains finerst instrumentalists.

    Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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