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Format: 2018-12-13
Format: 2018-12-13
  • 16 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Christmas Cracker with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Christmas Cracker (matinee) with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 13 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the Classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    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.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 14 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the Classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    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.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 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)
  • 15 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin DZ08 H6X3
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    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.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 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-)
  • 14 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Messiah (1750 London Version)
    Opera dei Lumi, Peter Keenan
    Paxton House Paxton TD15 1SZ
    United Kingdom

    Following a sell-out performance of Handel's most famous work in 2017, Opera dei Lumi are delighted to return to the intimate surroundings of the Picture Gallery at Paxton House with another Messiah. Bringing together the finest musical talent from across the UK, this year Opera dei Lumi will explore Handel's performances in London in 1750 – a watershed moment in the work's evolution to how we know and love it today. Join us to revel in the effervescence of this magnificent masterpiece, featuring many of the composer’s best known choruses (notably the Hallelujah), and arias of unparalleled virtuosity and lyricism.

    Messiah (London Version 1750)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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