If there was a London venue that has Christmas events covered for everyone it would have to be London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. For the past 145 years The Hall has played a central part in the country's Christmas celebrations and this year is no different. This year, the building and it's surroundings will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and it welcomes carollers, composers, musicians, TV comedians and of course the man himself...Farther Christmas.
First up for the kids is My Christmas Orchestral Adventure, a festive introduction to classical music with the help of a full symphony orchestra, encouraging them to sing, dance and join in as they help the conductor to get Santa's map to him ahead of the big delivery on Christmas Eve. We've got our tickets booked for this so expect a review soon!
You can also go to see the big man himself with their Father Christmas at the Hall experience which is so much more than your usual Christmas grotto. They promise that this year will be more magical than ever, expect an hour long interactive experience where the little helpers will journey through the historical spaces within the Royal Albert Hall and meet a range of enchanting characters from the North Pole, including toy soldiors, fairies, workshop elves and of course....Father Christmas.
Also for the children is The Snowman and Paddington Bear live in concert. The event marks 40 years of Raymond Briggs’ enchanting, timeless picture book, with the indelible 1982 animated adaptation accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Howard Blake’s famous score, injecting tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air. The other half of the show features Herbert Chappell’s charming score – commissioned by Michael Bond – as the audience is taken on a journey from Paddington’s first meeting with the Brown family to his debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall.
Next up is Home Alone in concert. The Christmas comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer. The thought of my ultimate Christmas song Somewhere in my memory being performed live to the film gives me goosebumps. Tickets to this are limited so be quick!
How about afternoon tea with a twist? A Christmas Afternoon Tea with Live Opera. Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall’s elegant Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a special afternoon of festive opera from talented soprano Naomi Kilby.Naomi will perform much loved Christmas classics and other operatic favourites to an audience enjoying delicious cakes and sweets, freshly-cut sandwiches and a selection of our finest loose-leaf teas that hit all the right notes.
And if you're looking for a carol concert to go to , they have so many! Click on the links below for more info.
John Rutter's Christmas celebration
Christmas Carols with Bloodwise
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
The BT Christmas Carol Concert
London Community Gospel Choir
A Hollywood Christmas
Carols at The Royal Albert Hall