There’s more to Christmas in the capital than hitting the shops and eating one too many mince pies. Why not immerse yourself in festive tradition and join in a singsong at one of the city’s stunning landmarks?
With great music from London’s top orchestras and choirs, all located within easy reach of The Milestone Hotel, we’ve selected some of the best concerts in London for Christmas carolling. ‘Tis the season, after all.
Christmas With The Stars at The Royal Albert Hall
Join this year’s secret line up of stars and celebs, alongside host and Radio 2 ‘Listen to the Band’ presenter, Frank Renton for an evening of Christmas carolling in one of London’s most treasured buildings, all in aid of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity.
Tuesday, 9 December. Christmas with the Stars
Mini Maestro Family Christmas Concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Avoid the agony of trying to get your kids to sit through a lengthy concert and opt for an interactive Christmas show instead. The Mini Maestro concert, led by John Landor, Director of the London Musical Arts Orchestra, offers children the chance to meet and greet the musicians and sit among the orchestra – one of the best concerts in London for little ones.
Saturday, 6 December. Mini Maestro Family Christmas Concert
Carol Singing at Trafalgar Square
Nothing quite beats the immense holiday cheer of singing beside a gigantic Christmas tree in London’s most famous square with hundreds of fellow carollers. Trafalgar Square offers a carolling experience like no other, and over the course of the festive period 50 different choirs and charities will belt out their best renditions of Christmas hits for the public. Grab a hot chocolate and pitch up for an evening performance, and the perfect end to a busy day of Christmas shopping.
8-23 December. Christmas in Trafalgar Square
Westminster Abbey Christmas Concert
Add a dash of ceremonial splendour to your festive celebrations pay a visit to Westminster Abbey. Celebrated for its age-old musical heritage, this year’s concert will see the world-renowned Abbey Choir perform music from Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, alongside an array of uplifting festive readings and testimonies.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Westminster Abbey Christmas Concert
Barnardo’s Carol Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral
The Christmas season at St Paul’s is a busy one, so you’d be wise to book tickets early. Highlights this year include the Barnardo’s carol concert, which will bring together 700 young voices from three different children’s choirs in the striking cathedral. Exercise those vocal chords and join in the congregational carols.
Tuesday, 9 December. Barnardo’s Carol Concert
Le Concert Spirituel at Christ Church Spitalfields
Uniting internationally acclaimed musicians and singers with the vibrant East London community, Spitalfields Music provides an extensive array of Christmas concerts over the course of the holidays. This year, French ensemble Le Concert Spirituel will perform at the impressive Nicholas Hawksmoor designed Christ Church Spitalfields. One of the best concerts in London, expect plenty of 18th century baroque music to lull you cheerfully into the Christmas spirit.
Friday, 12 December. Le Concert Spirituel
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