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Format: 2018-12-17
Format: 2018-12-17
  • 22 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Baroque by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    Wrap up warm and make the festive period a little longer as the London Concertante perform a selection of 17th century festive classics by musical masters Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi and Corelli.

    Founded in 1991, the ensemble continues to travel up and down Britain, and beyond with tours throughout Europe and the USA. Recognised for their irresistible musical interpretations and enchanting performance style, it is no surprise that they have continued to find such far reaching support for over 25 years. Reaching critical acclaim on their numerous recordings, London Concertante have found themselves labelled one of the finest chamber ensembles in Europe.

    The programme opens with the recognisable Concerto by Corelli, whose original manuscript featured the inscription ‘Made for the Night of Christmas’. An especially fitting piece for this time of year to help kick off this Christmas Bonanza in true festive style. After five short, yet immensely exciting movements, the work concludes with a thought provoking and heart-warming rolling melody on the upper violins that conjures melancholic images of a warm family fire and ‘those good old days’. Accompanying pieces include works by household names of the classical genre: Mozart, Handel and Bach. As London Concertante present their works to you, indulge in the uniqueness of each composer and the variety of characters, moods and emotions they create, as the orchestra gracefully interprets the dots on the paper, and transforms them into an aural spectacle in this stunning candlelit venue. A selection of aptly seasonal movements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons bring a crisp freshness to the programme, with aggressive icy bursts and short, sharp accompaniment. Do not fear, you won’t be left feeling glum and shivery, as the uplifting and optimistic second movement of 'Winter' will warm you perfectly.

    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.

    “I have rarely seen more passionate, talented people, yet so down to earth, funny and warm… Thank you for an enchanting evening”
    – a happy audience member (October 2017)

    “Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful.”
    – another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “The phrasing had a grace and breadth, the sound a real glow”
    – The Independent

    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 Grosso No 7 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 18 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Christmas at Blackmore | The Stondon Singers (chamber choir)
    Christopher Tinker, Gwenllian Llyr, Michael Frith, The Stondon Singers
    Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore CM4 0RN
    United Kingdom

    Christmas at Blackmore is a popular annual feature on the Stondon Singers' calendar. This year we feature choruses from Handel's Messiah, and excerpts from Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.

    Performed in the atmospheric Priory Church of St Laurence, and featuring seasonal music and favourite audience carols, this concert regularly sells out and therefore we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Mulled wine and mince pies in the interval help to create a special Christmas atmosphere.

    The Stondon Singers were formed in 1968, and this concert marks the end of our golden anniversary year.

    Excerpts from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Lullaby, my sweet little baby
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Christmas selection
    Various ()
    Excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 22 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Music for Christmas | Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society
    Aurelian Symphony Orchestra, Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, James Schouten, Tim Hooper
    Brentwood Centre Brentwood CM15 9NN
    United Kingdom

    A feast of Christmas and seasonal music for choir, orchestra and audience with a special visit from Father Christmas. The concert will include a local school choir and we are discussing a return of The Chelmsford Ballet Company

  • 21 December 2018 - 1:30pm
    Paddington Bear's First Concert and Father Christmas | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie, Sir Trevor McDonald
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas treat for all the family! Our celebrity guest narrator will thril you with the tale of Paddington Bear and his first ever concert with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra. Along with actors and sound effect artists, the orchestra will provide the soundtrack to the screeening of Raymond Briggs’s film Father Christmas – an irreverent take on the character that will have you rolling in the aisles!

    Soundtrack to the film, 'Father Christmas'
    Mike Hewer ()
    Paddington Bear's First Concert
    Herbert Chappell (1934-)
  • 23 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    A Victorian Christmas
    Christine Croshaw, Clive Conway, Liza Goddard, Robert Powell
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    From Christmas trees to Christmas cards, A Christmas Carol to Mrs Beeton’s plum pudding, the Victorians practically invented Christmas. Join two legends of stage and screen, Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth, Holby City) and Liza Goddard (Bergerac) to celebrate the delights of Christmas past, in the company of Queen Victoria, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Magical words, much-loved music – and a stocking full of festive good cheer!

  • 22 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Cathy Bell, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Graham Neal, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 22 December 2018 - 2:00pm
    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.

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
  • 22 December 2018 - 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.

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
  • 24 December 2018 - 5:00pm
    JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Join us for one of Oxford’s most evocative seasonal events in the magical setting of New College Chapel. Oxford Bach Soloists’ Christmas Oratorio is sure to be a memorable way to celebrate Christmas this year. An authentic performance of JS Bach’s much loved telling of the Christmas story with the first three parts of his 1734 Christmas Oratorio. This glittering masterpiece describes the Birth of Jesus, the annunciation to the shepherds, and the adoration of the shepherds. We will perform Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio), BWV 248 – Parts I, II, III.

    Cantata 1 from Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 20 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Spectacular with City of Bristol Choir
    Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, David Ogden
    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 Bristol Ensemble is joined on stage by the 90 singers of City of Bristol Choir.

    The programme includes sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience participation. Always hugely popular concerts, these annual events mark the start of the Christmas festivities for many.

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