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Westminster Abbey Christmas concert to be broadcast online

6:04, 5th November 2020

The Live from London – Christmas festival has unveiled that the annual Westminster Abbey Christmas concert will be broadcast online exclusively for the festival on 15 December.

Taking inspiration from the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols, the Abbey Choir’s Christmas concert programme combines seasonal choral music, from Tudor polyphony to contemporary classics, with familiar carols and biblical readings. The concert will be broadcast as part of the Live from London – Christmas online vocal festival at 7pm GMT on Tuesday 15 December.

Live from London – Christmas, an initiative led by the VOCES8 Foundation following the success of its summer festival, runs from 1 December to 6 January. The Christmas festival will broadcast 16 concerts filmed live at the Church of St Anne & St Agnes, St John’s Smith Square and other venues across the world. The festival has been designed to raise money for artists, venues and promoters to cover their Covid-19 losses, and to reunite audiences with live concerts over the festive period.

Further highlights include:

  • The Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh, perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 in Bach for Christmas (25 December – 6 January), with each cantata performed on the day for which it was liturgically written. Each concert will feature a chorale sung by the young students of Gabrieli Roar and will be preceded by an introduction from Paul McCreesh and his musicians. Soloists include Carolyn Sampson, Anna Dennis, Tim Mead, Roderick Williams and Ashley Riches.
  • Six new VOCES8 commissions will be given their world premiere performances on 5 December in the Solstice programme. The commissioned composers are Ken Burton, Melissa Dunphy, Jocelyn Hagen, Taylor Scott Davis, Paul Smith and Roderick Williams.
  • Youth ensembles from across the world will appear in Young Performer Spotlight performances throughout the festival. The line-up includes: Gabrieli Roar, VOCES8 Scholars, Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, VERSA, National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, Voices of Singapore Children’s Choir and German Gents.
  • Performances from award-winning vocal groups including the Tallis Scholars, Take 6, I Fagiolini, London Adventist Chorale, ANÚNA, amarcord, The Aeolians and Apollo5.

Season tickets start at £80 (Live from London – Christmas) and £50 (Bach for Christmas), with both combined for £120 (Live from London – Christmas EXTRA). Single concert tickets will be available for £12.50. Included in the ticket price is a donation to support the VOCES8 Foundation’s education, outreach and diversity work around the world.

Ticket holders will be able to watch live at 2pm EST | 7pm GMT and/or on demand from the date of broadcast until 15 January 2021. Each broadcast concert lasts 60 minutes.

Visit this page for more information and to buy tickets

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