Christmas at the Royal Festival Hall

Christmas comes early to London’s Royal Festival Hall with an array of seasonal concerts in the countdown to the festive period.

In ‘Christmas with King’s College Choir’ on Thursday 13 December, the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is joined on stage by the Philharmonia Orchestra for a glorious programme of festive classics including a sublime selection of carols performed by the angelic voices of the chapel choristers.

The following evening, ‘Grand Christmas Classics’, presented by Matt Baker, promises a programme of joyous traditional music and readings perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. Featuring the prestigious Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards, pieces performed will include Adam – ‘O Holy Night’; Darke – ‘In the bleak midwinter’; Gruber – ‘Silent Night’; Anderson – Sleigh Ride; Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite; arr. Willcocks – The Twelve Days of Christmas, together with carols for all to join in.

‘Christmas at the Movies’ pays homage to unforgettable festive films in a magical afternoon of entertainment on Sunday 16 December 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’.

‘Messiah’, later the same day, will see 350 voices in monumental harmony as the power and glory of massed choirs are joined by four internationally renowned soloists and the Philharmonia Orchestra to perform Handel’s choral masterpiece.


Christmas with King’s College Choir

Thursday 13 December at 7.30pm

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Crouch End Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Orchestra with Stephen Cleobury – conductor


Grand Christmas Classics

Friday 14 December at 7.30pm

Presented by Matt Baker

Laura Mitchell – soprano Alexander James Edwards – tenor

Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards

London Philharmonic Choir

London Concert Orchestra with Toby Purser – conductor



Christmas at the Movies

Sunday 16 December at 3.00pm

Lauren Samuels and Nadim Naaman – guest singers

Philharmonia Orchestra with Pete Harrison – conductor






Sunday 16 December at 7.30pm

English Concert Chorus

Goldsmiths Choral Union

Highgate Choral Society

Mary Bevan – soprano; Kathryn Rudge – mezzo soprano

Nicky Spence – tenor; Ashley Riches – bass

Philharmonia Orchestra with Brian Wright – conductor


Tickets: southbankcentre.co.uk and tel 020 3879 9555

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