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