Choristers and carollers come hither: raise voice your in song this Christmas at some of the best carolling events of the season.
Most Christmas purists would maintain that Christmas is hardly Christmas without carolling – and rightly so. With its extraordinary skyline of beautiful church spires, and with St Paul’s standing proudly in the City of London, the UK capital is unsurprisingly home to the ultimate carolling community. Many of the shows across the city feature famous singers, choirs and orchestras, and you’ll also find a great variety of family-friendly, sing-along events that include all your favourite Christmas carols and festive songs.
Street Child’s Christmas Carol Concert
Pay a visit to the Tower of London’s Chapel Royal for an evening of festive cheer, all in aid of a good cause. Carols by candle light are interspersed with traditional readings, and the service is followed by classic Christmas sustenance in the form of mulled wine and mince pies inside the Tower itself. All proceeds go towards Street Child’s Legacy of Ebola Appeal.
Christmas Carol Singalong at the Royal Albert Hall
You’ll be swept away by host Jonathan Cohen’s unstoppable festive spirit at a singalong Christmas celebration like no other. From such classics as ‘Hark! the herald angels sing’ to lighter favourites like ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ the Royal Albert Hall will cover all the best-loved Christmas hits and give adults, children and teenagers alike the chance to sing their hearts out in one of the city’s most prestigious music venues.
St Paul’s Cathedral Family Carols
For a truly special experience in an inimitably atmospheric location, the Family Carols service at St Paul’s Cathedral is unbeatable. Enjoy pitch perfect performances from the world-famous choir in breath-taking surroundings, and lift your voice to the rafters in an essentially British celebration of Christmas. The service only lasts 45 minutes and children are especially welcome. It’s a wonderful way to embrace the festive period en famille.
Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square
For 69 years, Norway has given the UK a Christmas tree as a gesture of thanks for British support during World War II. For many, the arrival of this Christmas tree, and its ceremonial placement in London’s Trafalgar Square is the perfect setting for carolling, and the beginning of the Christmas countdown. Each year under the majestic tree, 50 carol groups gather to perform every one of your favourite carols, and also offer the opportunity to make Christmas donations to a range of fantastic charities.
A Ceremony of Carols at Westminster Abbey
Benjamin Britten’s much-loved sequence of carols makes for a classic yet quirky Christmas experience. Originally written for young voices and full of enchanting, jangling melodies, the choristers of Westminster Abbey will more than do it justice, particularly in Westminster Abbey’s extraordinary acoustic. The performance comes prefaced with a reading of The Christmas Proclamation.
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