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Format: 2019-12-14
Format: 2019-12-14
  • 14 December 2019 - 3:00pm
    Christmas Cracker (matinee) | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Anna-Jane Casey, Matthew Ford, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Bell
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Back by popular demand!

    Celebrate the magic of Christmas and join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for its much-loved Christmas Cracker show, within the seasonal surroundings of Cadogan Hall.

    Enjoy this festive extravaganza of sparkling Christmas songs, Yuletide classics and audience carols – with special guest vocalists Anna-Jane Casey and Matt Ford!

  • 14 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Cracker | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Anna-Jane Casey, Matthew Ford, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Bell
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Back by popular demand!

    Celebrate the magic of Christmas and join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for its much-loved Christmas Cracker show, within the seasonal surroundings of Cadogan Hall.

    Enjoy this festive extravaganza of sparkling Christmas songs, Yuletide classics and audience carols – with special guest vocalists Anna-Jane Casey and Matt Ford!

  • 21 December 2019 - 1:30pm
    The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    A magical Christmas treat for all the family. Come and hear of Prokofiev’s tale of bravery narrated by our special celebrity guest, and Raymond Briggs's timeless classic The Snowman shown on the big screen with live accompaniment provided by the Mozart Symphony Orchestra.

    Performances include the 11-year-old Alice Mackenzie singing Walking in the Air.

    Christmas would not be Christmas without The Snowman!

    The Snowman (film screening with live orchestral accompaniment)
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 23 December 2019 - 1:30pm
    The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    Our guest narrator (tbc) narrates the chilling tale of bravery: Peter and the Wolf. The Mozart Symphony Orchestra under conductor Philip Mackenzie provides a live accompaniment to the film of The Snowman. A classic Christmas treat for all the family.

    This concert is repeated at 4.30pm

    The Snowman (film screening with live orchestral accompaniment)
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 21 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    If you're looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an 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 playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    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 for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 15 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Manchester Cathedral Manchester M3 1SX
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    The UK based chamber orchestra, London Concertante, regularly perform up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. Regularly selling out venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble performs in some of the most prestigious venues around Britain and abroad, with recent tours taking them to USA, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain and France. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since their founding in 1991.

    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.

    Excerpts from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Excerpts from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 14 December 2019 - 8:00pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin DZ08 H6X3
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    The UK based chamber orchestra, London Concertante, regularly perform up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. Regularly selling out venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble performs in some of the most prestigious venues around Britain and abroad, with recent tours taking them to USA, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain and France. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since their founding in 1991.

    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.

    Excerpts from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Excerpts from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 14 December 2019 - 7:00pm
    Leeds Festival Chorus sings Messiah
    Carolyn Sampson, English Chamber Orchestra, Leeds Festival Chorus, Robin Blaze, Robin Tritschler, Roderick Williams, Simon Wright
    Leeds Town Hall Leeds LS1 3AD
    United Kingdom

    Leeds Festival Chorus performs Messiah every three years, in the belief that this will ensure that this delightful oratorio is fresh and new each time.

    Although the concert takes place in the Victorian splendour of Leeds Town Hall, there will be no adherence to the Victorian tradition of assembling a chorus and orchestra of gargantuan size on the concert stage. Conductor Simon Wright will ensure, as in previous years, that the performance will be sensitive, zestful and inspiring.

    Please note that it starts at 7pm

    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 20 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Holly and The Ivy: Historical Christmas Music with the Waites of Gloucester
    The Waites of Gloucester
    Harvington Hall Kidderminster DY10 4LR
    United Kingdom

    An evening of historical Christmas music, with the Waites of Gloucester. Performed in the atmospheric Great Chamber of Harvington Hall, this concert offers a different but very traditional way to celebrate the festive season.

    Mulled wine reception, and coffee and mince pies during the interval.

    Performances at 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

  • 24 December 2019 - 5:00pm
    Magnificat: Cantatas for Christmas | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig comes with an explosion of festive music. After Advent’s ‘tempus clausum’ (closed period), Bach laid on nine major pieces for his singers and instrumentalists to master, including the Magnificat in E flat major, more commonly heard in its later D major version.

    First performed on Christmas Day in St Nicholas’s with his very grand Cantata 63, it was repeated on St Stephen’s Day (26 Dec) in St Thomas’s. On the Third Day of Christmas Bach performed Cantata 64, a reflection of sheer wonder and joy at the birth of Christ.

    Cantata No 119, 'Preise Jerusalem, den Herrn'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 63, 'Christen, ätzet diesen Tag'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 64, 'Sehet, welch eine Liebe'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Magnificat in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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