A SPARKLING programme of Christmas treats lies ahead at Town Hall & Symphony Hall this December.
Enjoy traditional entertainment with programmes like Sing Carols with the City Organist which starts the Christmas countdown at Town Hall on Monday December 1 with broadcaster Jeremy Nicholas and the Cambrian Brass Quintet.
Organist Thomas Trotter will also accompany the choristers of Lichfield Cathedral for a traditional Lunchtime Christmas Music concert at Symphony Hall on December 9.
The Mozart Festival Chorus will evoke the festive spirits of the 18th century for an evening of Carols by Candlelight, led by conductor Steven Devine and with soprano Laura Parfitt in the Symphony Hall on Saturday December 20 at 7.30pm.
The London Concert Orchestra and three exquisite soloists perform a mix of famous seasonal pieces in the Christmas Gala at Symphony Hall on Tuesday December 23 7.30pm, introduced by TV's Penny Smith. Soprano Camilla Roberts and Wynne Evans join the LCO and conductor John Pryce-Jones in Last Night of the Christmas Proms concert, - including Hornpipe, Land of Hope and Glory, Nessun Dorma and Rule! Britannia - at Symphony Hall on Sunday December 28.
Close 2008 in style with the New Year's Eve Concert at the Town Hall - featuring a packed programme of Proms favourites alongside famous works by Strauss, Rossini, Mendelssohn and more.
Banish those January blues with two charming, fully staged ballet productions from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre featuring Tchaikovsky's luscious scores, spectacular choreography, and the extraordinarily talented dancer Irina Kolesnikova. Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are at Symphony Hall on Sunday January 4 (matinee) and Monday January 5.
But if a different style of entertainment appeals then catch the swinging Puppini Sisters on Wednesday December 10 and the legendary Buena Vista Social Club songstress Omara Portuondo on Saturday December 13. Stomping folk favourites Bellowhead also appear in a performance on Tuesday December 16.
Escape from the Christmas rush and grab a couple of hours of sublime music with Town Hall Associate Artists and jazz masters the BBC Big Band with special guest Matthew Ford on Friday December 12 or swap the mince pies, mulled wine and tinsel for rock 'n' roll high jinks with Midlands legend Roy Wood on Wednesday December 17. And no Christmas would be complete without the female a capella gospel group Black Voices performing on 19 December.
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