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Format: 2018-12-17
Format: 2018-12-17
  • 21 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Spectacular with Exultate Singers
    Bristol Ensemble, David Ogden, Exultate Singers
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate Christmas with a joyful evening of festive music and readings with a few surprises along the way. Led in entertaining style by conductor David Ogden, the professional musicians of the Bristol Ensemble are joined on stage by the accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers. The programme includes sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience participation. Always a hugely popular concert, this annual event marks the start of the Christmas festivities for many.

  • 22 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Festive Fiesta | City of Bristol Choir with Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, David Ogden
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    There will be plenty of audience participation in this sparkling festive concert featuring all your favourite carols, Christmas choral works and orchestral pieces. Come and enjoy a brilliantly festive and fun evening under the baton of David Ogden, with City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood.

  • 23 December 2018 - 2:00pm
    Children's Christmas Carnival | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, John Telfer, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Give the whole family a Christmas treat at this special concert which features Prokofiev’s well-loved musical tale, Peter and the Wolf. A myriad of colourful characters – the bird, duck, cat, Peter himself, his grandfather, hunters, and of course, the wolf – are all represented by different instruments giving a wonderfully descriptive introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. With plenty of audience participation in festive favourites, this is a seasonal delight for all the family suitable for children of all ages, and parents and grandparents too.

    There is a second performance at 4pm.

    Running time 60 minutes without an interval

    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 23 December 2018 - 4:00pm
    Children's Christmas Carnival | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, John Telfer, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Give the whole family a Christmas treat at this special concert which features Prokofiev’s well-loved musical tale, Peter and the Wolf. A myriad of colourful characters – the bird, duck, cat, Peter himself, his grandfather, hunters, and of course, the wolf – are all represented by different instruments giving a wonderfully descriptive introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. With plenty of audience participation in festive favourites, this is a seasonal delight for all the family suitable for children of all ages, and parents and grandparents too.

    There is another performance at 2pm.

    Running time 60 minutes without an interval

    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 23 December 2018 - 7:45pm
    A Baroque Christmas with Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Imogen Triner, Mhairi Lawson, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    An exquisite evening of Christmas music from the golden era of the Baroque including festive music for solo soprano sung by Mhairi Lawson. As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide including English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Intricate and flamboyant arias by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi feature alongside instrumental concertos performed by principals of the Bristol Ensemble. The programme includes the ever-popular Christmas Concerto by Corelli as well as Bach’s exquisitely beautiful Air on the G string.

    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Cantata No 51, 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Domine Deus from Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for oboe and violin in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 20 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Opera North Christmas Concert
    Chorus of Opera North, Garry Walker, Orchestra of Opera North
    Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury WF12 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Britten’s Ceremony of Carols brings together the Opera North Youth Chorus and Young Voices. Featuring settings of medieval and 16th century poems, this popular cantata was composed by Britten on a dangerous wartime voyage across the Atlantic, as he returned to England from New York. This December marks the 75th anniversary of its first complete performance, conducted by Britten himself in the Wigmore Hall.

    The second half will feature Opera North’s Chorus accompanied by the Orchestra with a miscellany of festive classics, seasonal treats and of course, audience carols!

    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 20 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah in a new orchestration for wind ensemble | Vox Chamber Choir
    Camilla Harris, David Crown, Felicity Turner, Oxford Sinfonia, Rhys Batt, Robert Clarke, Vox Chamber Choir
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Vox Chamber Choir and Oxford Sinfonia come together to play Handel’s Messiah in the new re-orchestration by John Lubbock for wind orchestra, soloists and choir.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 18 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight
    Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore, Rupert Jeffcoat
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    These popular concerts are aimed at the heart of Christmas. Much-loved favourites, little-known gems and stunning new works are accompanied by a selection of readings, which together capture the meaning – and humour – of the season.

    Christmas Music by Candlelight is to be transported to another place, timeless, almost unbearably beautiful, intense and joyously uplifting! Christmas begins here” (Audience member)

    Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
    This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    Get into the Christmas spirit with excerpts from our CDs: Christmas Music by Candlelight and Joy in the morning

    We regret it is no longer possible to bring your own alcohol to St Paul’s Church as it is now a licensed premise and interval drinks will be on sale. You can continue to bring non-alcoholic drinks and mince pies.

  • 22 December 2018 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: Angels, Stars and Kings - family concert
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra, Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Jeffrey Skidmore
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    We invite the whole family to share the beauty, mystery and enchantment of Christmas Music by Candlelight. This hour-long concert includes seasonal favourites and choral music to inspire, plus a special selection of readings for younger audiences.

    Come dressed as an angel, star or king.

    Particularly recommended for children aged 6 and above, but all ages are welcome.

  • 19 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    These popular concerts are aimed at the heart of Christmas. Much-loved favourites, little-known gems and stunning new works are accompanied by a selection of readings, which together capture the meaning – and humour – of the season.

    Christmas Music by Candlelight is to be transported to another place, timeless, almost unbearably beautiful, intense and joyously uplifting! Christmas begins here” (Audience member)

    Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
    This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    Get into the Christmas spirit with excerpts from our CDs: Christmas Music by Candlelight and Joy in the morning

    We regret it is no longer possible to bring your own alcohol to St Paul’s Church as it is now a licensed premise and interval drinks will be on sale. You can continue to bring non-alcoholic drinks and mince pies.

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