Winter Concerts

Posted on: 17 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Choose from Christmas concerts or shows to raise money for charity.

Enjoy festive or fundraising music with our pick of seasonal celebrations and charity concerts.

Enchanting Christmas Celebration At St Paul's

For anyone looking for a truly sparkling way to celebrate the festive season this year, the biennial Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s Cathedral in aid of Cancer Research UK is taking place on 16th December 2008.

The event always attracts a sell-out crowd due to its mix of celebrity readers, outstanding performers and specially selected music, from the contemporary to the Christmas classics, all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.

The concert started in 1994 and since then has raised over £1 million to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer.  This year’s event alone is expected to raise over £250,000 for the charity’s life-saving work. The event is sponsored by AstraZeneca, National Grid, Mulberry and Standard and Poor’s.

Tickets for the event are priced from £20 to £100.  To purchase a ticket please contact the Barbican Box Office on 0207 638 8891 or online at

Katie DerhamStars Set To Sparkle At Christmas Concert

Stars of BBC’s Maestro, the West End, classical music and opera will add sparkle to this year’s Christmas festivities to celebrate Leonard Cheshire Disability’s diamond anniversary. The Christmas Sparkler Gala Concert takes place at the Royal festival Hall on Thursday, 11th December 2008.

Jane Asher and Katie Derham, hosts of the glittering concert, will be joined onstage by theirMaestro winner Sue Perkins, along with performances from West End star Connie Fisher and opera and pop sensation Jonathan Ansell. Nicholas Owen and Emily Maitliss will be giving readings, and celebrated cellist Matthew Barley will perform a solo piece, with the London Chamber Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir providing spectacular Christmas music for the night.

The concert will raise much-needed funds for the charity’s campaigns and support that make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

Tickets for the performance are available from £10 to £50 and can be booked via the Southbank Centre ticket booking line on 0871 663 2500 or online at

Wellbeing of Women Celebration of ChristmasWellbeing Of Women's Celebration Of Christmas

The Wellbeing of Women Festival of Carols - A Celebration of Christmas takes place on 10th December 2008 at 5.30pm. Kirsty Young will be a guest reader on the day, a celebration of Christmas by candlelight at the charity's beautiful local church at St Marylebone, with guest readings from Eve Pollard and others.

Wellbeing of Women is the only UK charity dedicated to solving the health problems that affect women by funding medical research and training into all aspects of reproductive health. Every woman in the UK since 1964 will have benefited from advances in healthcare made possible by Wellbeing of Women.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and children under 16 go free. Tickets are now available online at:

RAF bandPrivate Pike Drafted In For RAF Concert Tour

A concert tour by the Royal Air Force bands begins at London’s Cadogan Hall on 10th October, where BBC Radio Two broadcaster and ‘Voice of the Balls’ Alan Dedicoat is in charge of proceedings, with Dad's Army star Ian Lavender taking over for the dates at Gateshead, Glasgow, Harrogate, Manchester and Birmingham. Coronation Street star William Roache then takes charge at Nottingham, Poole, Basingstoke, Ipswich and Southend before concluding the tour at Eastbourne on 7th December.

The concert, marking the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, provides a mix of light classics, jazz, big band and music from the shows to appeal to all ages. Each concert will feature one of the main bands of the Service, augmented by the big-band sound of the Squadronaires plus the Salon Orchestra, a quintet of musicians who provide a stringed element to the programme.

Wing Commander Stuart Stirling will be conducting the programme, and musical highlights will include the swing classic String of Pearls; Ron Goodwin’s theme from the film A Bridge Too Far; the coronation march, Crown Imperial, by Sir William Walton; and Hubert Parry’s hymn Jerusalem, one of the traditional elements of the Last Night of the Proms. The musical journey, reflecting the Service’s past, present and future, includes a triumphant finale, reminiscent of the Last Night.

Each performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from each venue at £13.50, £16.50 and £19.50: tickets for the London concert cost £15, £20 or £25. More information and full concert tour venue details are available on the website at

Christmas FestivalThe Raymond Gubbay 2008 Christmas Festival

Family entertainment with all the trimmings! The Raymond Gubbay 2008 Christmas Festival is a feast of magical, seasonal music featuring carols, classics, and candlelit Yuletide celebrations.

It's the perfect way to start your Christmas whether you live in Cardiff or Dublin, Birmingham or Glasgow, Liverpool or London.  There are over 200 magical shows to choose from all over the UK - and plenty of opportunities to join in and sing.

There's something for everyone to enjoy.  Whatever your taste in music, you'll find it at the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival 2008. It's on somewhere near you - visit to find out more.

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