Posted: 29 Nov 2017
#Area Guide Get into the Christmas spirit with these Christmas carol services
With a wide range of historical churches, London excels when it comes to Christmas carol services in a charming setting. We’ve rounded up the best choices this December.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
We start our list with arguably the most well-known religious venue in the capital, St. Paul’s Cathedral. This monumental venue offers a large number of choral services throughout the month, however the stand-out services are held on the 23rd and 24th of December. Admission is free, but it’s recommend to arrive early to secure a spot..
Date: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December 2017
Address: St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M 8AD
Tickets: FREE admission
Step inside Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most iconic buildings, and enjoy the sounds of the Abbey Choir present its annual Christmas concert. The service features a selection of festive choral works punctuated with seasonal readings.
Date: Thursday 14th December 2017
Address: 20 Deans Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3PA
Celebrate the build-up to Christmas with the charity Street Child’s evening of festive carols at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square. Proceeds from the event help support Street Child’s work empowering children in West Africa through education.
Date: Monday 18th December 2017
Address: Sloane Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9BD
Tickets: Children, £5; adults, £10.
St. Bride’s Church
On Wednesday 6th December, the charming and largely undiscovered church of St. Bride’s on Fleet Street plays host to a charity carol service in support of Adfam, an alcohol and drug support charity. Classic carols will be interspersed with readings from a host of different speakers, include Gina McKee.
Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Address: Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU
Royal Albert Hall
If crowd participation is your thing, then start practising your scales as the Royal Albert Hall has a singalong event just for you. Jonathan Cohen will lead attendees through a concert filled with traditional and modern carols, all set within this famous musical venue.
Date: Saturday 16th – Saturday 23rd December 2017
Address: Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Tickets: From £19.50-£56
On 23rd December, Andrew Earis will conduct the St. Martin’s chorus with a beautiful selection of Christmas classics such as
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, O Come All Ye Faithful and Joy to the World!.
Date: Saturday 23rd December 2017
Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ
Tickets: From £9-£29
St. James’s Church
Set in the magical church of St. James’s on Piccadilly, award-winning pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, will be entertaining the audience with a mixture of classical and Christmas favourites. He will also be joined by a formidable chamber group and soprano, Susie Parks.
Date: Saturday 9th December 2017
Address: Picadilly, W1J 9LL
Tickets: From £15-25
The Mediaeval Baebes use lyrics from Medieval texts and set them to original scores, resulting in highly original and memorable music. The Baebes are back this Christmas and will be performing in London on 18th December at Cecil Sharp House, close to Regents Park.
Date: Monday 18th December 2017
Address: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY
Tickets: From £25
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