Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall
If you are planning a visit to London during December, have a look at what is on the bill with our neighbours at The Royal Albert Hall – there’s something for everyone to help you celebrate the holidays.
The spectacular venue has pulled out all the stops this year with a genre-spanning season that includes jazz, pop, soul, carols, classical, gospel, film music and ballet. Christmas At The Royal Albert Hall runs from Tuesday 3 to Tuesday 31 and includes carols performed by Bloodwise and the Salvation Army, The Royal Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir and National Youth Choir of GB. Audience participation is actively encouraged!
If jazz is more your style, you’ll want to secure tickets for Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas who returns on Thursday 19 December with his special guests including Clare Teal who will be co-hosting as Guy and his band feature genre standards and jazz-infused Christmas classics with the help of vocalists Kurt Elling and Vula Malinga, as well as clarinettist Giacomo Smith and Kansas Smitty’s. Another special guest will be announced in the run-up to the show and if last year is anything to go by with Lana Del Ray making a surprise appearance, we can’t wait to see who it is.
For pop lovers, Emma Bunton, ex-spice-girl and 90’s pop princess will be hosting her very own special Christmas Party on 6th December, along with some of her friends to add some Christmas sparkle and on 16th December, Trevor Nelson, the award winning BBC Radio 2 and Radio 1Xtra DJ will be having a soulful evening as he performs iconic tracks re-imagined and re-scored with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Classical music enthusiasts will be entranced by mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins performing on 12th December and, having featured on the Royal Albert Hall’s programme since 1871, Handel’s Messiah – on 18th December – a true Royal Albert Hall tradition. This moving performance features over a hundred sublime voices and the majestic sounds of a live orchestra, combined with some very special guest vocalists (all to be announced soon).
There’s also plenty for the children to enjoy including The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performance of the perennial favourite, The Nutcracker, a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T projected in high definition on the big screen and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, not to mention, the opportunity to meet the Big Man, Father Christmas, himself between the 5th and 22nd December.