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Format: 2018-12-12
Format: 2018-12-12
  • 21 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Piccadilly Christmas Concert 2018
    Piccadilly Sinfonia, Susan Parkes, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    When the going gets tough in the run-up to Christmas and you've had about as much seasonal music as you can take - think Trafalgar Square and carols round the Norwegian Tree, bands in Oxford Street , choirs in every available church and hall - get yourself over to St James's Church Piccadilly . This is just the place to put down your last-minute Christmas shopping, gather your thoughts, and renew your emotional energy.

    The Piccadilly Sinfonia is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles and performs a selection of well-loved classics including the seasonal Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Mozart’s exquisite Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

    To celebrate its 10th consecutive year, the Piccadilly Christmas Concert 2018 features the virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith in performance with the Piccadilly Sinfonia with Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No 21 in C major.

    The award-winning concert pianist and a favourite performer for the British Royal Family recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works from memory. An exceptional talent and a self-deprecating sense of humour, combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, makes him a favourite with audiences and venue staff alike. “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of the modern romantic concert pianist” - Musical Opinion

    The stunning soprano Susan Parkes will perform a selection of arias by Puccini.

    Adagio in G minor, for violin, strings and organ
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 21 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Operatic arias for Christmas
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • 20 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Carols at St James | Leicester Philharmonic Choir
    Fraser Graham, Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Stephen Bullamore
    Church of St James the Greater Leicester LE2 1NE
    United Kingdom

    Leicester Philharmonic Choir's traditional festive concert of carols and Christmas music for choir and audience.

    A selection of carols and Christmas music
    Various ()
  • 19 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge - Winter's Night
    Cambridge, Choir of Clare College, Graham Ross
    St Mark's Church Leamington Spa CV32 6DL
    United Kingdom

    The Clare College Choir returns to St Mark’s after a great success with their Christmas concert in the church in 2016; this time bringing a glorious celebration of Christmas featuring the music of Praetorius, Parry, Holst, Howells, Barber, Tavener, John Rutter, Judith Weir, Roxanna Panufnik, Irving Berlin and many more besides.

    Ticket price includes mince pies and mulled wine

  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir and the Avison Ensemble - The Messiah
    Avison Ensemble, Daniel Cook, Durham Cathedral Choir, Pavlo Beznosiuk
    Durham Cathedral Durham DH1 3EH
    United Kingdom

    Durham Cathedral Choir is joined by the Avison Ensemble, for a festive period instrument performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Soloists will be from within Durham Cathedral Choir, the orchestra is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk.

    Handel composed his Messiah in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, including Ev'ry valley shall be exalted and Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion are interspersed with compelling choral sections telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death. And of course the rousing Hallelujah Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and by far the most widely-known section of Messiah.

    Complete your festive experience with a special pre-concert meal in the Undercroft Restaurant at 5pm. £25 per person, including a mulled wine reception. Can be booked at the same time as booking tickets for the concert.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Sheffield City Hall Christmas Concert -Sheffield Phil Chorus and Black Dyke Band
    Darius Battiwalla, Nicholas Childs, Petroc Trelawny, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, The Black Dyke Band
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    The Black Dyke Band and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus reunite for another heart-warming festive celebration featuring sing-along carols and yuletide favourites.

    Bring the whole family and join the chorus in singing some of the most beloved Christmas music old and new, as the atmospheric Oval Hall hosts an irreplaceable fixture in Sheffield’s festive calendar.

    One of the most celebrated brass bands in history, the Black Dyke Band have toured the world to critical acclaim, won national and international competitions year after year and collaborated with a diverse range of famous musicians. They are joined by Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, the region’s largest mixed voice choir.

    Returning as presenter this year is BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny, one of the most charming, engaging and passionate voices in music broadcasting.

    Festive Christmas music
    Various ()
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Kent Chamber Choir - music and readings for Advent and Christmas
    Alan Vincent, John Williams, Kent Chamber Choir
    Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ash Sevenoaks TN15 7HD
    United Kingdom

    We're delighted to return to Ash Parish Church for a celebration of inspirational carols and evocative readings from the past to the present day.

    Familiar seasonal songs to enjoy include John Rutter’s lovely Candlelight Carol, Orlando Gibbons’s glorious Christmas anthem Hosanna to the Son of David, and beautiful lullabies by William Byrd and Gustav Holst.

    More recent gems by Malcolm Archer and Cecilia McDowall are included together with Judith Weir’s My guardian angel with a special part for audience. You’re also warmly invited to join us in singing some old favourites with pleasing new harmonies and descants for the choir.

    Amongst a diverse selection of captivating readings are Ted Hughes’s Minstrel’s Song, Carol from Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows and Mrs Winterson’s mince pies by Jeanette Winterson.

    John Gardner’s spirited Tomorrow shall be my dancing day brings the concert to a fittingly merry conclusion.

    I look forward to welcoming you to our festive evening’s entertainment.

    Alan Vincent - conductor

    I sing of a maiden
    Matthew Martin (1976-)
    Lullay my liking
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Away in a manger
    Traditional ()
    A heavenly song
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    Paul Leddington Wright ()
    Hosanna to the Son of David
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    A little child there is yborn
    Malcolm Archer (1952-)
    Lullaby, my sweet little baby
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    My Guardian Angel
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Hark, the herald-angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles'
    Traditional ()
    Hail to the new born
    Composer Not Known ()
    Candlelight Carol
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
    John Gardner (1917-2011)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Peace on Earth | Exeter Festival Chorus
    Exeter Festival Chorus, Nigel Perrin, Roderick Williams, The Band of HM Royal Marines Commando Training Centre Lympstone
    Exeter Cathedral Exeter EX1 1HS
    United Kingdom

    100 years on from the Armistice of November 1918, which marked the end of the First World War, Exeter Festival Chorus commemorates this momentous historical event. We perform excerpts from Karl Jenkins' compelling work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which depicts the horrors of war but urges 'Better is peace...'. At the end of the concert there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor's chosen charity, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

    With leading British baritone, Roderick Williams OBE, and the evocative and rousing sound of the Royal Marines Band, we take you through Advent to Christmas with its message of hope for peace on earth.

    Roderick says "I am looking forward to my appearance with the Exeter Festival Chorus and the Band of the Royal Marines; it promises to be a thrilling occasion. The desire for peace in our troubled world can best be encouraged through music, the most powerful of unifying media. I am sure, under the baton of the wonderful Nigel Perrin, we will all be a persuasive voice for Peace on Earth."

    25th Anniversary Fanfare
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
    When music sounds
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
    The Christmas Truce
    Graham Fitkin (1963-)
    Sea Fever
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Bethlehem Down
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    Drake's Drum from Songs of the sea
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Excerpts from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    The trumpet shall sound from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    The Holly and the Ivy
    Traditional ()
    Away in a manger
    Traditional ()
    Ding dong merrily on high
    Traditional ()
    The Three Kings
    Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)
    Lully, lulla, lullay
    Philip WJ Stopford (1977-)
    Good King Wenceslas
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
    Hark! the herald angels sing
    Traditional ()
    Stille Nacht, 'Silent Night'
    Traditional ()
  • 14 December 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band present Christmas with the Band
    Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    This ever popular brass band return for their annual concert of carols, Christmas music and brass band classics.

    The Carollers
    Richard E Holz ()
    O come, all ye faithful
    John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
    Sheep may safely graze from 'Cantata No 208'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    March from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    While shepherds watched their flocks by night
    Traditional ()
    Christmas Calypso, for brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    A Starry Night
    Joy Webb (1932-)
    Morning, noon and night in Vienna
    Franz von Suppé (1819-1895)
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Anthony Kraus, Bampton Classical Opera, Emma Stannard, Felix Gillingwater, Keval Shah, Nicholas Sales, Robert Winslade Anderson, Samuel Pantcheff, Xavier Hetherington
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Gian Carlo Menotti’s much-loved Christmas opera was commissioned in America by the National Broadcasting Company and was broadcast in 1951 - the first-ever opera composed specifically for television. Menotti said that it “is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood”.

    Amahl, a poor widow’s son, who can only walk with the help of a crutch, is amazed one evening to see a huge star hovering over their house. Three regally dressed strangers arrive and seek shelter for the night. For Amahl, these wondrous events lead to a miraculous healing and his own long journey to follow the star. This captivating and delightful story delivers a message of how unselfish love can work miracles.

    Bampton Classical Opera, well known for their performances of rare eighteenth-century opera, bring this magical twentieth-century classic on Sunday December 16 to the annual St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival (and also the St John’s ‘Americana’ Festival), in a new semi-staged production in costume especially aimed at families and children. This will be followed by another performance at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire on 21 December, the annual St Beornwald’s Day concert in Bampton.

    The Mother is played by Emma Stannard, winner of the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, and the role of the boy Amahl is taken by 11-year-old Felix Gillingwater, chorister at Southwark Cathedral. The conductor is Anthony Kraus, formerly with Opera North, who is also one of the pianists in Menotti’s own exciting arrangement for two pianos. The second pianist is Keval Shah, who won the Accompanists’ Prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, when he accompanied Emma Stannard. This production is directed by Jeremy Gray.

    Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Spirit of Christmas - Milton Glee Choir / Royal Marines Association Concert Band
    Andrew Cleary, Milton Glee Choir, The Royal Marines Association Concert Band
    Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth PO1 2AB
    United Kingdom

    Portsmouth's Christmas season start here. Filled with Christmas musical treats this concert will gladden your heart and lift your spirits. Join in the carols. Come one, come all of any age and join in this festive fun.

    A Merry Little Christmas
    Goff Richards (1944 - 2011)
    O holy night
    Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)
    Shepherd's Pipe Carol
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Christmas Fantasy
    Gordon Langford (1930-2017)
    Sleigh Ride
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
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