The Best London Carol Concerts 2014

LilyandVal at ETSY Hand-Drawn Lovelies by Valerie McKeehan
LilyandVal at ETSY
Hand-Drawn Lovelies by Valerie McKeehan

The ‘carols’ bit of Christmas is the bit that really gets me in the mood. I’m not a firm believer in ‘self help’ and all that, (there’s nothing better than a good chin wag with your bestie, or a good laugh at the side bar of shame to put life into perspective) but I do find singing in harmony, at the top of my lungs decent therapy. Oh, and what’s more it’s officially freezing out there now, so you had better warm up with a mulled wine, chomp on a small mince-like pie and finish off with a dodgy sherry if even to get you through the days of rest and Facebook dodging you will be dealing with soon…have fun my (rein) deers. xx PS. Please, snowy-please, if you like this post share it with your friends, and loved ones… or drop me aline with your comments.

1. Kensington Palace : Monday 8 & 15th Dec : 6-7.30pm :Tickets £10 adults and £5 children (under the age of 16)

One of their royal-esq staff will guide you through the palace and reveal stories of Christmas past along the way. You will be wrapped up with a finale sing song around their 30 foot tree! The event will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Refreshments of a glass of mulled wine/soft drink and mince pies are included

2. Fortnum & Mason, The Candle Room, Wednesday 10 December at 6.30pm (Free)

Get ready for Christmas with the sights, the sounds and the smells of a traditional seasonal gathering. Fortnum’s is delighted to welcome The London Oratory School Chamber Choir to its First Floor Candle Room.

3. Cadogan Hal(Westminster Abbey Choir) : 11th Dec 2014 : Start time: 19:30 : Location: The Abbey

In a rare performance away from the Abbey, the Choir presents a rich and varied selection of Christmas music, from Renaissance masterpieces by Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis to contemporary carols by Matthew Martin and John Rutter.

4. Petersham Nurseries Carol Evening : 4, 11 Dec, 6–9pm (free).

Munch on some mince pies whilst gathering Christmas gifts then burst into song at the carol concert.

5. The Sick Children’s Trust Christmas Carol Service: 6pm/ 6.30pm Thursday 4 December, St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1:

There’s a festive trio of reasons to attend this event: celebrity readings, primary school children singing and charity fundraising. And on top of all that you’ll get classically-trained baritone Andrew Johnston and Charlotte Jaconelli (who you may recognise from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’) on the lead vocals. Among the wonderfully mixed bag of famous faces will be Zoe Wanamaker, Ben Aldridge, Sarah Alexander, Sam Bailey and Christine Hamilton. Tickets include fine wine and mince pies after the service, and proceeds go to The Sick Children’s Trust.

6. A Christmas Memory : 10/11 December : Kings College London : 7.30pm: £40 (+b/fee)

LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) is hosting a candlelit reading of A Christmas Memory, Truman Capote’s heart-warming story set in 1930s America. An evocative tale of humanity and ritual, loss and recollection. On 10th December, Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Gosford Park, Game of Thrones) with multi award-winning actress Dame Diana Rigg will be on stage, followed by Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) and Juliet Stevenson on the 11th. The website says the 11th is sold out, but there is an email wait list if you’re keen.The event is hosted in collaboration with renowned immersive theatre company Look Left Look Right, and will also feature a cello performance from Harry Napier.

7. Westminster Abbey : 16 Dec, 7pm. Tickets from: £15.

Hear the wonderful Abbey Choir. Festive choral works as well as seasonal readings, followed by traditional carols for all.

8. Southwark Cathedral : Feed the Minds – Christmas Carol Concert : December 17th at 19.30 : tickets £15

Come and join the charity for a night of carol singing, readings and festive entertainment, all in the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral.

9. St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TL : Parish Carol Service :Thursday 18th December 2014 at 13:10 (Free)

The Choir and Band from the Coopers’ Company and Coborn School will once again be joining us for our traditional carol service. Everyone is welcome to attend the service and to stay for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards, so bring your colleagues and friends, and come early to make sure of a seat!

10. St Pauls Cathedral : 20 Dec : 11am. (Free & un-ticketed)

Christmas favourites sung by the chamber choir, Cantate. 45min service. Children especially welcomed.

11. Royal Albert Hall : The Famous CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-A-LONG : Saturday 20 December 2014 – 1:30 PM : Tickets start at £22 +b/f

12. Barbican, City of London Choir : Sunday 21st December at 6.30pm

A joyful celebration of Christmas in well-loved carols and music for all the family: the City’s leading choir in festive spirit with sparkling brass and percussion from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With traditional audience participation carols.Performers:City of London Choir & Royal Philharmonic Brass & Hilary Davan Wetton is conductor.

13. Festive Gathering Carol Concert : Sunday 21 December, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1

Carol concert with a folk twist. Enjoy an evening sprinkled in holiday spirit with a chance to join in on the songs and merriment. A host of performers, from musicians, dancers and storytellers, will fill Kennedy Hall – the main space at Cecil Sharp House – with yuletide cheer. Cecil Sharp House Choir, led by conductor Sally Davies, will perform joyful a cappella arrangements of traditional, seasonal songs from the British Isles and beyond, sung in glorious harmony.

14. St Martins-in-the-Fields : Family Carols by Candlelight : 23rd Dec : 4pm (book line/phone) : Call 020 7766 1100

All the traditional favourites, sung by the St Martins Voices. 1 hour duration.