The best carol concerts in Britain

A guide to where to go for a festive sing-a-long this December

If you fancy heading to a carol concert this December, there are plenty to choose from. The Spectator’s own spectacular carol service has, alas, already sold out, but here’s our guide to the best of the rest…

Childline’s Merry Little Christmas Carol Concert
St Paul’s Cathedral, December 13, 6.30pm

Childline celebrates its 30th anniversary in spectacular surrounds of St Paul’s. The singing will be led by Russell Watson and BBC Young Chorister of the Year, Angus Benson. Tickets are still available, but you’ll need to be quick off the mark.

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
Royal Albert Hall, December 15, 2.30pm,

The Royal Albert Hall has got plenty of Christmas concerts to pick from and this matinee performance is a great one to the take the kids to. Jonathan Cohen, with the backing of the London Concert Chorus and the London Concert Orchestra, will lead the audience through a selection of carols and other festive favourites.

Glitters rains down at the Royal Albert Hall during a previous Christmas concert

Glitters rains down at the Royal Albert Hall during a previous Christmas concert

Carols by Candlelight
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, December 24, 2.30pm

A candlelit Christmas Eve concert of carols and seasonal gems by Mozart, Bach, Handel and more, performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra, who will be adding to the merriment by dressing in 18th century garb for the night.

Christmas Concert
Westminster Abbey, December 15, 7pm

Carols in Westminster Abbey is a Christmas experience to savour, with the abbey’s choir performing a selection of choral works interspersed with carols for the audience to join in with. Tickets from £15-£37.

The Hallé Carol Concert
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, December 17, 3PM

Carols to the power of three, as the Hallé Choir team up with the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Children’s Choir for a sure to be powerful and popular concert. Additional performances take place on December 18 at 3pm and 7pm.

An aerial view of St Paul's

An aerial view of St Paul’s

Cutty Sark Christmas Concert
December 10, Cutty Sark, 8pm

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, who topped the charts last Christmas, will be the star turn at this festive show, alongside the illuminated Cutty Sark itself, of course. Tickets cost £25. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available, naturally.

Victoria and Albert’s Christmas Carol
December 3 – 23, V&A

For something a little different, the V&A is hosting a free promenade theatre piece that will bring Queen Victoria back to life for her favourite time of the year in a show that will incorporate festive stories, carols and dancing. Check the website for performance times.

Lothian Hospitals’ Choir Carol Concert
December 14, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm

The Lothian Hospitals’ Choir Christmas Carol Concert celebrates 40 years of happy carolling with a concert that will raise funds for CLIC Sargent cancer charity. Tickets from £12.


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