BRandenburg Choral festival of London christmas concerts

St Stephen walbrook, national churches trust (CC BY 2.0)

St Stephen walbrook, national churches trust (CC BY 2.0)

The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is delighted to present a series of traditional Christmas Concerts. This year we have teamed up with our friends at U3A to bring some of these slices of festive cheer exclusively to U3A members. But if you’re not a member, don’t worry! We also have two concerts that are open to all and we’d love to see you there — see below for booking details.

Accompanied by mince pies and mulled wine made to an ancient and secret family recipe this concert is guaranteed to get you fully into the Christmas spirit with a wide stylistic range of Christmas-flavoured ethereal music, entertaining readings and opportunities to stretch the vocal chords by joining in with a few traditional and well-known carols.

The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. The concert will be introduced and conducted by Bob Porter — Artistic Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

Tuesday 3 December 2.00pm, St James Sussex Gardens
Tickets £19.50, includes mulled wine and a mince pie
Brandenburg Singers conducted by Bob Porter
Private Concert for the U3A Thames Valley Network: members should contact Paul Booker

Wednesday 4 December 2.00pm, St James Sussex Gardens
Tickets £19.50, includes mulled wine and a mince pie
Brandenburg Singers conducted by Bob Porter
Private Concert for the Wallingford Thameside U3A: members should contact Paul Booker

Friday 6 December, 2.00pm, St Bartholomew the Great
Public Concert

Tickets £19.50, to include mulled wine and a mince pie
Brandenburg Singers conducted by Bob Porter
Book online now!

Friday 6 December 5.30pm, St Bartholomew the Great
Tickets £19.50, includes mulled wine and a mince pie
Brandenburg Singers conducted by Bob Porter
Private Concert for the Greater London Area of the Arts Society: members should contact ASGLA Chair

Saturday 7 December, 2.00pm, St Stephen Walbrook
Public Concert

Tickets £19.50, to include mulled wine and a mince pie
Brandenburg Singers conducted by Bob Porter
Book online now!

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The venues

St Bartholomew the Great is London’s oldest parish church.

At the heart of the Smithfield area, with its hospital, pubs, restaurants, and market, is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in two World Wars.

Today the Church has a reputation not only for wonderful Romanesque architecture, but also for traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has also appeared in a series of award-winning films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl. 

Close to the Roman Temple of Mithras, St Stephen Walbrook was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1679 (at a cost of £7,672) and now combines typical Wren elegance with a number of interesting more modern facets including a Henry Moore travertine altar, Patrick Heron kneelers and the original telephone used by the vicar in 1953, Chad Varah as a confidential help-line that became what we now know as the Samaritans.

 NB Access to St Stephen is via a few steps.