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Format: 2019-12-06
Format: 2019-12-06
  • 6 December 2019 - 7:00pm
    Handel's Messiah | City of Birmingham Choir
    Adrian Lucas, Ben Thapa, City of Birmingham Choir, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Joylon Loy, Sarah Fox, Susanna Spicer, Thomas Trotter
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to enjoy a sparkling performance of Handel’s famous choral masterpiece, Messiah. Established in 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has been thrilling audiences with annual performances of Handel’s Messiah for over 90 years. Performed in the acoustically perfect surroundings of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with the world famous CBSO this is an opportunity to enjoy famous choruses such as ‘For unto us a child is born’ and arias ‘I know that my redeemer liveth’ and of course, as is the tradition, stand up and join in with possibly the world’s most well-known chorus ‘Hallelujah!’

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 8 December 2019 - 5:00pm
    Oxford Bach Choir and CBSO - Elgar's Dream of Gerontius (sold out, returns only)
    Benjamin Nicholas, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ed Lyon, Kathryn Rudge, Oxford Bach Choir, Roderick Williams
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Elgar’s deeply felt and passionate setting of John Henry Newman’s dramatic poem about the progress of a soul through death and into the afterlife to its judgement transformed the English choral tradition, and remains a much-loved masterpiece.

    Concert is sold out. Returns only at the door

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 8 December 2019 - 3:00pm
    Pasadena Roof Orchestra
    The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Take a break from the Christmas shopping, relax, and step back into the world of PG Wodehouse and Fred Astaire with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra – the world’s greatest inter-war dance band. There’ll be foxtrots, Broadway hits, festive fun and a few surprises, all delivered with that unmistakable pro elegance and style. Join us – and let’s party like it’s 1929!

  • 15 December 2019 - 3:00pm
    BBC Singers and NYJO - Songs and Festive Favourites
    Alexander L'Estrange Jazz Trio, BBC Singers, Ben Palmer, Clare Teal, National Youth Jazz Orchestra
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    A special Christmas celebration with a swing! A concert of popular festive favourites featuring songs made famous in the 40s and 50s by the likes of the Rat Pack such as ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’. The BBC Singers are also joined by special guest, the international jazz singer and presenter Clare Teal.

  • 14 December 2019 - 2:00pm
    Yuletide Favourites with The Black Dyke Band and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
    Darius Battiwalla, Nicholas Childs, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, The Black Dyke Band, Tom Redmond
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    Two musical forces reunite for a festive celebration featuring family favourites and sing-along carols. This year's concert times are 2pm and 5.30pm.

    The award-winning and internationally renowned Black Dyke Band, led by Dr Nicholas Childs, is one of the most celebrated brass bands in history and has toured the world winning international and national competitions. Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is South Yorkshire’s foremost large mixed-voice choir regularly singing with leading orchestras and internationally renowned conductors, plus featuring as the resident choir in the Sheffield International Concert Season, and previously having participated in the BBC Proms on a number of occasions.

    Presenting this year’s concerts is Tom Redmond, presenter, horn player and animateur specialising in music education. He’s a regular voice on BBC Radio 3 presenting live concerts, studio programmes and the BBC Proms.

    A wonderful concert for all the family to join in singing some of the most loved Christmas music old and new, experiencing a live brass band and chorus in the beautiful setting of the Oval Hall.

  • 8 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Dartington Community Choir perform Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius
    Alison Kettlewell, Dartington Community Choir, Dartington Sinfonietta, David P Webb, James Platt, Simon Capet
    Dartington Great Hall Totnes TQ9 6EL
    United Kingdom

    Based on the famous poem of Cardinal Newman, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius follows the journey of a sick old man through death, divine judgement and finally towards redemption. A full-blooded and worldly sinner, the dying Gerontius prays to Mary and other saints for help as he meets his death; afterwards he is tenderly guided by a guardian Angel into a dazzling moment in the divine presence; here he gratefully accepts a time in purgatory to expiate his sins, before reaching heaven.

    The music is Wagnerian in style, with the rich, mystical, religious appeal and emotional energy of Parsifal. Like Wagner, Elgar uses musical motifs to portray the central feelings and ideas within the work: a heart-rending expression of anguish and the consciousness of sin, juxtaposed with lyrical passages of tenderness and hope.

    Coming after the huge success of his Enigma Variations, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius has also become a much-loved national treasure.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 11 December 2019 - 6:00pm
    The Nutcracker and The Snowman | Opera North
    George Jackson, Orchestra of Opera North, Pui Fan Lee
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    On Christmas Eve, Clara is given the most beautiful gift, a nutcracker. Falling asleep with the toy in her arms, she dreams of a world of Princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and an evil King Rat. The enchanting tale of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score is told through music, hand-drawn illustrations and narration from former Teletubby and CBeebies favourite Pui Fan Lee.

    Raymond Briggs’s classic festive animation completes the evening, screened with live soundtrack.

    Excerpts from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
  • 12 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Opera North Christmas Concert
    Chorus of Opera North, Garry Walker, Orchestra of Opera North
    Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury WF12 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Opera North’s festive celebration returns to Dewsbury, bringing together the Company’s Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus for seasonal orchestral selections and beloved hymns. Opera North favourite Garry Walker returns to the podium to conduct.

    Audience Carols
    Traditional ()
  • 11 December 2019 - 12:30pm
    University of Huddersfield Brass Band Christmas Concert
    University of Huddersfield Brass Band
    Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury WF12 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Christmas with all the trimmings in one bite-sized concert: the University of Huddersfield Brass Band treats you to a collection of holiday classics, yuletide greats and audience carols too. Festive feel-good within one hour, guaranteed.

    Lunches are served in the Town Hall from 11.30am.

    Audience Carols
    Traditional ()
  • 15 December 2019 - 3:00pm
    RPO Miniatures: Christmas Trombones
    Josh Cirtina, Matthew Gee, Matthew Knight, Rupert Whitehead
    The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    Usher in the festive season with the trombone players of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing a selection of spirited Christmas classics including selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Humperdinck's Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel, Prokofiev's Sleigh Ride, selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, your favourite Christmas carols and other festive favourites.

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