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Where to catch some live Christmas music this year

We’ve all got our musical favourites that sum up the spirit of Christmas. What will you be listening to?

A pair of glittery red heels fills the shot; a baseball bat swings ominously. The camera pans up to reveal the bat-wielder as Mariah Carey, clad in a dazzling ballgown. The singer creeps out of the house and smashes a pumpkin: Halloween is over and Christmas can begin! How did Carey come to be in charge of our calendars? Because, for lots of people, the festivities only really start when they hear All I Want for Christmas is You, the 1994 hit that made the American singer a household name.

For others, it might be John Williams’s evocative soundtrack to Home Alone or the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge singing Coventry Carol. Our annual musical associations quickly become traditions; listening, singing and playing is deeply integrated into celebrations.

Given that most events were cancelled last December, this will be the first time that most of us are partaking in live musical Christmassy treats for two years – so we’re doing a Mariah and fully embracing the season. Here are some potential dates for your diary.

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s much-loved wintry ballet (below) once again sweeps across theatres. Birmingham Royal Ballet are performing it at Birmingham Hippodrome (November 20 until December 11); Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh
Festival Theatre (December 1-31) and the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London (until January 8).

James Macmillan’s Christmas Oratorio

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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).

Handel’s Messiah

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!

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The Snowman

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
claire-jackson.co.uk

@claireiswriting

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