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When the Scottish composer’s new Christmas Oratorio was premiered in Amsterdam last December, it was streamed from an empty hall. This year, the fizzing, eclectic work gets its first UK performance by the London Philharmonic Choir and Chorus at Southbank Centre, London (December 4).
The famous oratorio is a firm festive fixture – and there’s no ensemble that can sing it better than The Sixteen. Harry Christophers and his choir perform everyone’s favourite choral masterpiece at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (December 7).
Hallé Christmas Family Concert
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The Hallé takes young audiences on a journey to find Santa’s Merry Melody, which has been stolen by naughty trolls. The performance at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester features music from ET and The Nutcracker (December 12).
Christmas with Kaufmann
Heartthrob tenor Jonas Kaufmann is best known for his roles in Wagner operas, but when he visits London’s Royal Albert Hall (December 16) it is to sing something a little different. Accompanied by the German State
Philharmonic, he performs favourites from his native Germany and classics by crooners such as Bing Crosby.
Countdown to Christmas
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic hosts a children’s Christmas party from its own Philharmonic Hall (December 18-19). There’s an appearance from the orchestra’s Children’s Choirs – and possibly Santa himself. Participation is warmly encouraged!
Mozart Symphony Orchestra performs the soundtrack to the classic animation, with 12-year-old Alice Mackenzie
singing the Walking in the Air solo. London (Cadogan Hall, December 21) and Cheltenham (Cheltenham Town Hall, December 23).
John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration
The UK’s beloved choral composer has released five new carols this year (I Sing of a Maiden, Collegium Records). He conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a sing-along event at the Royal Albert Hall (December 9).
Claire Jackson is a writer and journalist
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