Christmas isn’t Christmas unless someone has plugged in the carol singers.
Specifically I’m talking – little boys with haunting beautiful voices, baritones with big wool coats like the Dad in Home Alone and a soprano singing in the candlelight, making everyone feel like they understand the meaning of life for one tiny instant.
A lovely friend of mine is behind the organisation of Maggies first Christmas concert at St Paul’s Cathedral, which promise to fulfill my actual Christmas wishes with the extra special bonus of seeing London’s iconic St. Paul’s like a proper VIP.
Not only will there be performances from St Paul’s Consort Choir, but also solos and readings by famous faces including tenor Toby Spence, mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray, the Manning Camerata Orchestra and Dominic West, Simon Callow, Jeremy Paxman and Maggie’s Patron Janet Ellis. WHAT A CHRISTMAS DREAM COME TRUE…If you need more convincing we will also be treated to WARM CHESTNUTS and HOT CHOCOLATE. I know right?
The concert takes place on Tuesday 16 December 2014 at 19.00 with all proceeds going towards growing Maggie’s Centres in London, including its centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Tickets are available from £25 (but selling out fast!) and can be booked online through the Barbican box office. See Maggies website here.
If you are not free on 16th or fancy something different, I’d also recommend these other truly awesome carol concerts to get in the real spirit (versus having a nervous breakdown on Oxford Street, which is often the alternative):
- Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Singalong or Carols by Candlelight – a diverse range of concerts pretty much every night from 13th December. I will also be going to this. I can’t not. Its my London christmas tradition.
- St Mary’s Church Carol Service – lovely church in Baker Street, which puts on a very fun and friendly carol service by candlelight (on Sunday 14th December, 18.30-21.00).
Is it too early to say Happy Christmas?