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Christmas carol concerts return to iconic London venues this year

After a disruptive 2020, residents and visitors to London can expect their favorite singing concerts to return to some of the city’s world-famous venues.

The tradition of Christmas carols dates back to the Middle Ages and nowadays it has become a staple of the holiday season, with some shows becoming popular annual must-sees.

The school nursery or a visit to the singers in your neighborhood may be enough, but if you’re looking for a little more Christmas magic, here are some of the Christmas carol concerts taking place in the capital this year.

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The Royal Albert Hall

London’s first Christmas song at the Royal Albert Hall is simply a must-see. Traditional Christmas carols and contemporary musical arrangements are just pleasures audiences can expect at the Carols at the Hall event.

The atmosphere promises to be even more electric, the public having missed the 2020 show. The performances will take place every day from Saturday December 18 to Friday December 24 at 11 am, 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start from £ 22.50 and can be purchased at the Royal Albert Hall website .



You can sing Christmas carols at the Carols at the Hall event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Festival Hall

The Christmas Carol Singalong at the Royal Festival Hall is expected to be a sparkling event, with presenter and conductor Jonathan Cohen leading the London Concert Chorus and Orchestra in some of the festive favorites. The public can expect a repertoire featuring santa claus is coming to town , Winter wonders and Christmas carols for everyone to enjoy O little town of Bethlehem To Once in Royal David’s City.

The event will take place at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank on Saturday 11 December at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from £ 16.50 to £ 49.50 and can be purchased at the Southbank Center website .

St Paul’s Cathedral in London

Saint Paul’s Cathedral is not only part of the city skyline, but it is one of the most famous churches in the world. Each year the monument hosts a series of free Christmas carol concerts and in 2021 fans will be delighted that services resume in person.

From Wednesday December 1 to Friday December 31, guests can attend song concerts from an Advent service, family shows and even an organ-led Christmas carol night hosted by the French composer. Oliver Messiaen. For details on all upcoming events in December, visit St Paul’s website .



Throughout the month of December, Saint Paul’s Cathedral will host a series of free Christmas concerts for all to enjoy.

St John’s Smith Square

The Christmas Festival in St. John’s Smith Square in Westminster is back this year, with a popular Carols by Candlelight service that will feature much-loved classics sung by the City of London Choir and conducted by conductor Hilary Davan-Whetton . The historic venue will host the 36th annual event on Saturday 18 December at 5 p.m. and 7.30 p.m., with tickets ranging from £ 15 to £ 30. These can be purchased at St. John’s Smith Square website .

St Martin-aux-Champs

St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the city’s best-known churches, located just off Trafalgar Square. The church hosts a series of concerts during the holiday season, including Carols for Christmas by Candlelight, which includes an evening of traditional Christmas carols by the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Choir.

Conductor Olivia Tait to lead musicians in fan favorite performances from Ding Dong! Merry up , To Once in the city of Royal David and Long live the wind. The event takes place on Saturday 18th December at 7.30pm, with tickets ranging from £ 10 to £ 46. These can be purchased at St Martin-in-the-Fields website .



St Martin-in-the-Field in Trafalgar Square will host Carols for Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday December 18th.

The Barbacane Center

The country’s beloved gardener and TV personality Alan Titchmarsh will present an evening of Christmas carols and readings at the Barbican Center in London. Guests at the Grand Christmas Classics with Alan Titchmarsh event can sing along with season favorites including Silent Night, far away in a manger and Come all, faithful.

Music will be performed by the Bach Choir, Southend Boys and Girls Choirs and the London Concert Orchestra at Barbican Hall on Wednesday 22 December at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which range from £ 18.50 to £ 48.50, can be purchased at Barbican Centre’s website .

St James Roman Catholic Church

St James’s Roman Catholic Church in Mayfair will celebrate the holiday season this year with the return of its Carols by Candlelight service. A cocktail will kick off the evening’s festivities, as guests are greeted with a drink and hash pie. Guests can enjoy the stunning interiors of the 18th-century Gothic church while listening to readings and festive classics performed by professional musicians.

This year’s event will be organized with the support of Grief UK and is organized to benefit the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity that supports Gurkha veterans, their families and communities in Nepal. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here , the profits being donated to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

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