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Format: 2019-12-13
Format: 2019-12-13
  • 17 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé Christmas Concert with Stephen Bell and Jennifer France (soprano)
    Jennifer France, Stephen Bell, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    The Hallé Christmas Concert is now an essential part of our seasonal celebrations, its lively mix of classics and festive favourites given added glitter by the exciting soprano Jennifer France. Winner of the 2018 Emerging Talent Award from the Critics Circle, and praised by WhatsOnStage as “This living jewel in opera’s crown”, Jennifer has a voice to tingle spines and melt hearts, which we’ll be hearing in arias by Mozart and Puccini, and in the soaring spectacular of Johan Strauss’s Voices of Spring. Amongst the orchestral treats on offer are Engelbert Humperdinck’s Overture to Hansel and Gretel and Prokofiev’s tale of the Russian Officer that never was, Lieutenant Kijé. Corks will pop in Strauss’s Champagne Polka whilst the Hallé’s trumpets will blow the snow away on a Bugler’s Holiday from Leroy Anderson. With rich sounds from Erich Korngold, some tender movie tunes from Craig Armstrong’s Love Actually, this is an evening to really light the candles on your Christmas.

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    Overture from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Deh vieni, non tardar from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Let the bright Seraphim from Samson
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Fruhlingsstimmen, 'Voices of Spring'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Champagne Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Knightsbridge March from London Suite
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    Glasgow love theme from Soundtrack to the film 'Love Actually'
    Craig Armstrong ()
    The Christmas Song ('Chestnuts roasting on an open fire')
    Mel Tormé (1925-1999)
    Bugler's Holiday
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
    Overture from Der Schneemann (The Snowman)
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
  • 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.

  • 20 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen - A Ceremony of Carols
    Harry Christophers, The Orchestra of The Sixteen, The Sixteen
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    “Wolcum alle and make good cheer!” Out of the air and water of his native Suffolk, Benjamin Britten crafted a musical Christmas celebration with a difference. His Ceremony of Carols is the fresh sprig of holly on the top of this seasonal concert from Harry Christophers and his virtuoso chamber choir The Sixteen: the brightest link in a chain of festive music from across the centuries.

    Make we joy now in this fest
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)
    Of a Rose
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Corpus Christi
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
  • 21 December 2019 - 4:00pm
    The Nutcracker and I
    Alexandra Dariescu
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas party, an unexpected gift and a kingdom full of sweets… everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker. But you’ve never seen it like this. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu, a single ballerina, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music come together with state-of-the-art digital effects to retell this seasonal classic like it’s never been told before. The magic is real, and it’s never felt so fresh. A stunning Christmas treat for all ages.

    Music from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 21 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Ben Thapa, Ciara Hendrick, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Booking opens at 10am on 1 July

    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 21 December 2019 - 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, Hark the herald angels sing, O come all ye faithfull , Ding dong merrily on high, Jingle bells, In the bleak midwinter, Silent night, White Christmas and many more.

    Booking opens at 10am on 1 July

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
  • 21 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Bach Choir and Oxford County Music Service - Carols for All
    Benjamin Nicholas, Oxford Bach Choir, Oxford County Music Service
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Once again, the Oxford Bach Choir will be joined by young musicians from the Oxford County Music Service – and, as always, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation.

    Festive Christmas music
    Various ()
  • 22 December 2019 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Dina Duisen and Martin James Bartlett
    Dina Duisen, Martin James Bartlett
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    2014 BBC Young Musician winner, Martin James Bartlett, and Kazakh pianist, Dina Duisen, return to the Sunday Piano Series as a piano duo for our annual festive concert. Their programme provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, beginning with a light, lyrical sonata by Mozart and Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt suite. Debussy said that his Petite Suite has the ‘humble aim of doing nothing but giving pleasure’. Their recital is rounded off with Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale favourite, Sleeping Beauty.

    Each concert lasts an hour. Tickets include tea, coffee and cake before or after the concert.

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    Sonata for piano 4 hands in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 1, arranged for piano 4 hands by the composer
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Petite Suite, for piano 4 hands
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 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.

  • 22 December 2019 - 11:00am
    The Nutcracker and I
    Alexandra Dariescu
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas party, an unexpected gift and a kingdom full of sweets… everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker. But you’ve never seen it like this. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu, a single ballerina, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music come together with state-of-the-art digital effects to retell this seasonal classic like it’s never been told before. The magic is real, and it’s never felt so fresh. A stunning Christmas treat for all ages.

    Music from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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