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5 Christmassy Concerts for a Delightful December

4 December 2018

Whether you want to give your lungs a workout or just sit back, relax and listen, we've found something for you...

Christmas Carol Concert at Westminster Cathedral
If you like belting out trad Christmas choons and pretending you sound a lot better than you actually do thanks to a gorgeous backing by people who are actually singers, this is your ultimate chance, as you’ll be accompanied by the Westminster Cathedral Choir. There will also be readings from a few famous faces including musician Cerys Matthews. You can keep the swanky vibes going at the after party (yes! An after party for a carol concert! What a time to be alive), where you can enjoy mulled wine, live music and more.


 
Christmas Carol Concert, 13 December, Westminster Cathedral
 
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera is staging a new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel opera, 125 years since its 1893 premiere. The adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale promises to be a darkly enchanting addition to your festive calendar, with a storybook stage setting by director/designer Antony McDonald.

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Hansel and Gretel, 13, 17, 21, 27 and 29 December 2018, Royal Opera House, Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
 
Candlelit Carols at Southwark Cathedral
A candlelight setting, a classic cathedral, charity giving, at least one crying baby and/or grumpy old man (not guaranteed): everything you could ever want from a carol concert! The evening promises a perfect mix of classic singalong carols alongside beautiful performances by the renowned Quorum Chamber Choir. Proceeds will go to the charity Feed the Minds, helping people living in extreme poverty around the world to get a new start at life.

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Candelit Carols, 11 December 2018, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE19 DA
 
Christmas at the Movies at Royal Festival Hall
Christmas at the Movies will pay homage to all our favourite festive films with a concert of favourite scores such as ‘Home Alone’, ‘The Polar Express’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Elf’, ‘It's A Wonderful Life’ and ‘White Christmas’. And if you don’t think just one visit to the Royal Festival Hall will sate your festive concert needs, the preceding two days see a visit from King’s College Choir and a Grand Christmas Classics concert.

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Christmas at the Movies, 16 December, Southbank Centre
 
Christmas at Sea with Merry Opera
If you fancy your musical Christmas celebrations with a healthy dose of caarrrrols (yes, we went there), check out this seafaring extravaganza with the Merry Opera under the gleaming copper hull of Cutty Sark. Expect a mix of classsics and ocean-focused ditties, including Mozart and Verdi to Gilbert & Sullivan, sea shanties and a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson's much loved poem Christmas at Sea. Tickets include a mulled cider and a slice o’ mince pie.
 
Christmas at Sea, 16 December, Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark

 
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