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Events Category: Festivals

Brandenburg Concertos at Christmas

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals

Saturday 16 December, 6.00pm at St Mary Le Strand, London WC2R 1ES

Enjoy an outstanding musical evening in the run-up to Christmas with a selection of Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concertos and other stunning works in the spectacular candlelit setting of St Mary Le Strand Church with the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
Since its formation in 2017, the Piccadilly Sinfonietta have become a regular feature on the UK concert scene, giving up to 100 performances a year in some of the country’s most beautiful and prestigious venues. The ensemble comprises some of the most prodigious musical talent and performs exclusively with leading virtuoso soloists. The group performs under the artistic direction of its founder, concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and focuses on the virtuoso concerto repertoire of the baroque, classical and early romantic periods.


Carols by Candlelight

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals

Tuesday 19 December, 8.00pm at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London

Enjoy an outstanding musical evening in the run-up to Christmas with an unmissable performance by the phenomenally talented Piccadilly Singers accompanied by leading London orchestral ensemble players. The programme will include many beautiful Christmas carol and song arrangements along with other exceptional works.



St James’s aspires to be a place where all can belong, and where every person’s gifts and identities are welcome and celebrated. We are working to improve the experience at St James’s in the church building and the online community. We have step-free access from the courtyard to the church, and a toilet for disabled people. The courtyard and Redemption Roasters coffee shop are wheelchair accessible. If you have special access requirements (e.g. wheelchair users) please contact

Snow on Snow

Categories: British Composers, Choral, Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

Wednesday 20 December, 7.30pm at Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh

GUSTAV HOLST In the bleak midwinter
PETER WARLOCK Bethlehem Down
HELEN LEACH Touch of Heaven (from Letters from the Owl House) – solo cello
CECILIA MCDOWALL Now may we singen
CAPPERAULD The Night Watch (World Premiere)*
JOHN TAVENER Chant – solo cello
POULENC Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: O magnum mysterium Quem vidistis pastores Videntes stellam Hodie Christus natus est
J S BACH Sarabande (from Suite No 4 in E-flat) – solo cello
SALLY BEAMISH In the Stillness
TRAD arr RUTTER Wexford Carol


SCO Chorus
Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director
Philip Higham Cello

The simple beauty of unaccompanied voices – what better way to celebrate the coming festive season?

The SCO Chorus’s annual Christmas concert has become a firm fixture in Scotland’s musical calendar: experience the singers’ radiant tones under expert Director Gregory Batsleer in music to warm your heart and lift your spirit.

Francis Poulenc provides four exquisite miniature scenes from the nativity story, while revered choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque is a shimmering contemplation of the season, and SCO Associate Composer Jay Capperauld unveils a brand new-choral piece, a setting of Niall Campbell’s poem The Night Watch.

*Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Snape: Messiah

Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals

Thursday 21st December, 7.30pm at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Ring in the Christmas season in spectacular style in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall with a festive performance of Handel’s Messiah.

With soloists drawn from alumni of the international Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, the players of the Suffolk Ensemble (world-class musicians who have chosen to make Suffolk their home), and our resident chamber choir Aldeburgh Voices.

Dominic Ellis-Peckham conductor
Mimi Doulton soprano
Alexandra Meier mezzo soprano
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Stephen Whitford bass
Aldeburgh Voices
The Suffolk Ensemble

Messiah (130’)


A Dickensian Christmas

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals

Friday 22nd December, 7.00pm at Cadogan Hall, London

Don’t be a Scrooge this winter! Come and toast the Christmas spirit with a selection of readings from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, alongside your favourite carols and classics performed by a live brass band and choir.


Hilary Davan Wetton conductor
Kevin Whately reader
London Concert Brass


Cullen Joy to the World
Willcocks Sussex Carol
Wood Ding Dong Merrily on High
Holst In the Bleak Midwinter
Gruber Silent Night

And carols such as:
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

And readings from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

New Year’s Eve: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals

Sunday 31 December, 8.00pm at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Miranda Wilford host/soloist
Sandra Marvin guest soloist
Lance Ellington guest soloist

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Bridgewater Hall with Signed, Sealed, Delivered, a brand-new concert featuring some of the most iconic and soulful tunes ever written, recorded by some of the era’s most legendary performers.

The night’s festivities will begin with pre-concert entertainment in the foyer and the option for early evening dining, followed by a very special gala concert, with The Bridgewater Hall Concert Orchestra leading the main entertainment. It promises to be a spectacular, uplifting and memorable end to the year, so dress up and get down!



All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
Are You Ready for Love (Elton John)
Dancing in the Street (Martha and the Vandellas)
For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder)
I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
If You Leave Me Now (Chicago)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
Respect (Aretha Franklin)
September (Earth, Wind and Fire)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Soul Man (Sam and Dave)
Walk On By (Dionne Warwick)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)

Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals

Saturday 13 January, 6.00pm and 8.00pm, at St Mary le Strand, London

Piccadilly Sinfonietta

Concerto for violn and strings and continuo in G minor RV 317; Op 12 No 1 – Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 violins and strings in A minor, from L’estro armonico Op 3 No 8; RV 522 – Antonio Vivaldi
Le quattro stagioni, ‘The Four Seasons’ Op 8 – Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, ‘Spring’ RV 269
Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, ‘Summer’ RV 315

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform a selection of magnificent Violin concertos and movements from Vivaldi’s masterpiece, Four Seasons by candlelight in the beautiful setting of St Mary Le Strand, London. A hugely appealing evening designed to help you celebrate the weekend in style!

NB – there are two performances available: 6pm and 8pm


Arcangelo Ensemble

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, Period instruments

Friday 19 January, 7.00pm at Oval Hall, Sheffield City Halls


Jonathan Cohen director
Miloš Karadaglić guitar

VIVALDI L’Olimpiade: Sinfonia (7)
MARCELLO Oboe Concerto: Adagio (5)
BOCCHERINI Fandango (6)
JS BACH Chaconne (15)
HANDEL Concerto grosso, op.6, no.4 (10)


RAMEAU Les Boréades: The Arts and the Hours (5)
HANDEL Suite No.1 in Bb: Menuet (5)
WEISS Passacaglia (5)
PURCELL Suite: Prelude, Hornpipe, Rondeau (The Fairy Queen); Curtain Tune (Timon of Athens) (10)
VIVALDI Concerto for lute in D (10)

The internationally lauded guitarist Miloš Karadaglić returns to Sheffield City Hall with one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles, Arcangelo.

Under the dynamic leadership of its Artistic Director and founder Jonathan Cohen, the collective energy and spirit of the band has taken the musical world by storm since its creation in 2010, generating a flood of critical awards, five-star reviews and sparking audience ovations.

This concert features Baroque repertoire that Miloš Karadaglić and Arcangelo have recently recorded for Sony Classical, due for release in autumn 2023. The programme brings the deep listening skills and artistry of chamber music-making to the fore, with solos for guitar, orchestral masterpieces and works that unify both ensemble and soloist.

London Sinfonietta Birthday Concert

Categories: British Composers, Experimental, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

Wednesday 24 January, 7.45pm, at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London


The London Sinfonietta marks its birthday with the eclectic, provocative, surprising and beautiful music it has commissioned and performed throughout its history.

Performing a mix of new commissions and classic chamber repertoire written specially for the ensemble over the years, the London Sinfonietta is joined by special guests for a festive evening.


London Sinfonietta
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Simon Haram saxophone


Programme includes:
Knussen: Coursing
Tansy Davies: Iris for soprano saxophone & chamber ensemble
Hannah Kendall: Verdala
Takemitsu: Tree line
Thomas Adès: Living toys

Katia & Marielle Labèque: Two Pianos

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work, Pre-concert event, Women musicians

Sunday 28 January, 7.00pm at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Katia and Marielle Labèque regularly dazzle audiences worldwide with their virtuosity, versatility and charisma. Opening with Debussy’s seductively exotic Epigraphes Antiques, they continue with Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor for duet, a work filled with understated passion and longing. Ravel’s ballet suite Ma mère L’oye (Mother Goose) follows, a piece that twinkles with fairy-tale enchantment.

The pair finish with a work by the great minimal composer Philip Glass, 4 Movements for 2 pianos. Glass himself is a fan of the pair, saying ‘the Labèque sisters are tremendous. They are great performers, and great interpreters. And they are wonderful supporters of music, not only modern music, but just music.’


Debussy: 6 Epigraphes antiques for 2 pianos
Schubert: Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, D.940
Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite for piano duet
Philip Glass: 4 Movements for 2 pianos


Brodsky Quartet

Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work

Friday 2 Feb 2024, 7.30pm at Outwood Academy Foxhills, Scunthorpe

Brodsky Quartet

Sonata for solo violin No 3 in C BWV 1005 – Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for string quartet by Paul Cassidy
String Quartet in G minor Op 10 – Claude Debussy
String Quartet No 15 in G D 887 – Franz Schubert

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 70 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while their ongoing educational work provides a vehicle to pass on experience and stay in touch with the next generation.


Total Immersion: Missy Mazzoli – Barbican, London

Categories: British Composers, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians, Workshop
Tags: barbican centre, missy mazzoli

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 11:00 am 9:00 pm at Barbican Centre Silk Street London, England


Pianist, visionary, musical dramatist and Grammy-nominated composer, Missy Mazzoli has been called “the 21st century’s gatecrasher of new classical music”. She’s an artist for whom the personal is political, and in whose hands the intimate stories of modern America take on an epic scale and a global significance. “With each work, I endeavour to provide a new language for thoughts and feelings we suppress in everyday life” she says – “to provide space in which we can process the overwhelming nature of the world”. With participation from the composer herself, this Total Immersion day explores the whole range of her work: a close encounter with one of the most singular – and potent – voices of the new millennium.

The Nature of Why – Plymouth

Categories: British Composers, Concerts, Experimental, Family, Festivals, New Work, Workshop
Tags: paraorchestra, richard feynman, will gregory

Friday, 1 March 2024, 7:30 pm at Theatre Royal Plymouth Royal Parade Plymouth, England, PL1
Saturday, 2 March 2024, 4:00 pm at Theatre Royal Plymouth Royal Parade Plymouth, England, PL1


Playfully fusing live orchestral music with contemporary dance, The Nature of Why blurs the divide between performer and audience for an experience bursting with passion and joyous intensity.

“This isn’t a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you feel” Bristol 24/7

Created by ParaOrchestra, with a cinematic score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, The Nature of Why takes inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman and his search for meaning in the world around us.

Audiences join performers on the Lyric stage and are invited to explore the constantly shifting action, seeking out their own unique encounters, resulting in an epic and immersive theatrical experience like no other.

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