• Thu 1 Dec

  • Thu 1 Dec

    19:30 St David's Hall, Cardiff
    Belshazzar's Feast
    • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
    • In the South (Alassio) In the South (Alassio) Also known as: In the South (Alassio), Op 50
    • Frederick Delius 1862–1934
    • Concerto for Violin and Cello
    • William Walton 1902–1983
    • Belshazzar's Feast
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Martyn Brabbins Conductor
    • Tasmin Little Violin
    • Paul Watkins Cello
    • Neal Davies Bass
    • BBC National Chorus of Wales Choir
  • Thu 1 Dec

    19:30 Glasgow City Halls
    Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
    • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • The Isle of the Dead The Isle of the Dead Also known as: The Isle of the Dead, Op 29 (22 mins)
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414 Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414 Also known as: Piano Concerto No 12 in A major, K 414
      K414 (26 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No 5 in E minor Symphony No 5 in E minor Also known as: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 (47 mins)
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Cédric Tiberghien piano
    • Matthias Pintscher conductor

    Matthias Pintscher conducts works by Rachmaninov, Mozart & Tchaikovsky at City Halls

  • Thu 1 Dec

    19:30 Peel Hall - University of Salford
    The Red Brick Sessions: Haydn, Ligeti, Sciarrino & Birtwistle
    • Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
    • Cello Concerto No 1 in C major Cello Concerto No 1 in C major Also known as: Cello Concerto No 1 in C major, Hob VIIb:1 (24 mins)
    • György Ligeti 1923–2006
    • Ramifications (9 mins)
    • Salvatore Sciarrino b.1947
    • Autoritratto Nella Notte (8 mins)
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
    • Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum (9 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • David Greilsammer Conductor
    • Matthew Barley Cello

    David Greilsammer leads tonight’s orchestral experience – and we welcome back soloist Matthew Barley for Haydn’s Cello Concerto

  • Fri 2 Dec

    18:00 St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    Singers at Six: Music for the season of Advent
    • John Tavener 1944–2013
    • Two Hymns to the Mother of God
    • Judith Weir b.1954
    • Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above
    • Sir Arnold Bax 1883–1953
    • I Sing of a Maiden I Sing of a Maiden Also known as: I Sing of a Maiden, GP 266
    • Simon Preston b.1938
    • There is no rose
    • Gabriel Jackson b.1962
    • O Clavis David
    • Cecilia McDowall b.1951
    • Ave Maria
    • Matthew Martin b.1976
    • Adam Lay Ybounden
    • Herbert Howells 1892–1983
    • A Spotless Rose
    • Sir Richard Rodney Bennett 1936–2012
    • I wonder as I wander
    • Owain Park
    • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
    • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
    • A Hymn to the Virgin
    • BBC Singers
    • Graham Ross conductor

    The BBC Singers enliven a dark winter’s evening with a selection of stunning festive works.

  • Fri 2 Dec

    18:00 Barbican, London
    Journey Through Music: A Christmas Carol

    Bring your family along to this fun interactive workshop and receive concert tickets for just £5 (plus booking fee).

  • Fri 2 Dec

    19:30 Barbican, London
    Neil Brand's A Christmas Carol
    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844–1908
    • Christmas Eve, Suite (25 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Neil Brand b.1958
    • A Christmas Carol (80 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Martin André conductor
    • BBC Singers
    • Philip Jackson Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Tracy-Ann Oberman Ghost of Christmas Past
    • Liza Sadovy actor
    • Patrick Brennan actor
    • Paul Heath actor
    • Carl Prekopp actor
    • Shaun Mason actor
    • Hannah Genesius actor
    • Evie Killip

    Bah, humbug. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for Charles Dickens’s festive tale, adapted by composer Neil Brand.

  • Sun 4 Dec

    18:00 Ordsall Hall
    Christmas favourites at Ordsall Hall

    Hear music from members of the BBC Philharmonic in the stunning surroundings of Ordsall Halls Tudor Great Hall

    Sold Out This event is now sold out
  • Fri 9 Dec

    19:30 Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
    Dvořák, Chopin, Mussorgsky & Tchaikovsky
    • Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
    • Four Slavonic Dances
    • Fryderyk Chopin 1810–1849
    • Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor (31 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Modest Mussorgsky 1839–1881
    • A Night on the Bare Mountain (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) (32 mins)
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • The Nutcracker (extracts)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Pavel Kolesnikov Piano

    The BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, is joined by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov as he conducts Dvořák, Chopin, Mussorgsky & Tchaikovsky

  • Sat 10 Dec

    10:00 BBC Radio Theatre
    Christmas Family Orchestra & Chorus

    Join members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singer Ed Price for a special Christmas Family Orchestra and Chorus event in the iconic BBC Radio Theatre.

  • Sat 10 Dec

    14:00 BBC Radio Theatre
    Come and Sing: Christmas Carols

    Come and join Bob Chilcott and members of the BBC Singers for a Come and Sing Christmas special.

  • Sat 10 Dec

    19:30 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Bruckner, Berg and Barenboim
    • Alban Berg 1885–1935
    • Violin Concerto
    • Anton Bruckner 1824–1896
    • Symphony No 7 in E major
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena conductor
    • Michael Barenboim violin

    Berg and Bruckner Berg - Violin Concerto Bruckner - Symphony No. 7

  • Sat 10 Dec

    19:30 Southbank Centre, London
    Friday Night is Music Night: Merry Christmas!

    Fill yourself with festive cheer at this special Christmas concert.

  • Sat 10 Dec

    20:00 Glasgow City Halls
    Hear and Now - Scottish Inspirations
    • Helen Grime b.1981
    • Snow (No.2 from Two Eardley Pictures)
      (BBC Commission, Scottish Premiere) (10 mins)
    • Sally Beamish b.1956
    • Piano Concerto No 2 'Cauldron of the Speckled Seas'
      (BBC Commission, World Premiere) (10 mins)
    • Jay Capperauld
    • Fèin-Aithne
      (BBC Commission, World Premiere) (10 mins)
    • Peter Maxwell Davies 1934–2016
    • Symphony No.9
      (Scottish Premiere) (25 mins)
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Martin Roscoe piano
    • Thomas Dausgaard conductor

    Thomas Dausgaard conducts works by Helen Grime, Jay Capperauld, Sally Beamish and Maxwell Davies at City Halls

  • Mon 12 Dec

    14:00 BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
    Søndergård at Christmas
    • Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
    • Love for Three Oranges, Suite, Op 33b
    • Winter Bonfire, Op 122
    • Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat major Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat major Also known as: Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat major, Op 10
    • Lieutenant Kijé, Op 60 (suite)
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Côr Heol y March choir
    • David Kempster baritone
    • Gabriele Leporatti piano
    Sold Out Call the Audience Line to join the waiting list: 0800 052 1812
  • Mon 12 Dec

    14:00 Maida Vale Studios
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams' Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams' Also known as: Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams', Op 13
    • Andrei Golovin b.1950
    • Canto d’attesa for violin and Orchestra
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Esther Yoo violin
    • Mischa Damev conductor

    Mischa Damev conducts Tchaikovsky's captivating First Symphony 'Winter Daydreams' and Andrei Golovin's Canto d'attesa with Esther Yoo

  • Tue 13 Dec

    19:30 Milton Court Concert Hall
    Christmas with the BBC Singers
    • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
    • A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28
    • John Rutter b.1945
    • Angel's Carol
    • Bob Chilcott b.1955
    • My Perfect Stranger
      world premiere
    • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
    • A New Year Carol
    • Bob Chilcott b.1955
    • On Christmas Night
    • James Lord Pierpont 1822–1893
    • Jingle Bells
    • BBC Singers
    • Bob Chilcott conductor
    • Finchley Childrens Music Group

    A celebration of Christmas by three masters of writing for the voice from three different generations: Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott.

  • Tue 13 Dec

    19:30 St David's Hall, Cardiff
    Messiah
    • George Frideric Handel 1685–1759
    • Messiah, HWV 56
    • BBC National Chorus of Wales
    • Adrian Partington Conductor
    • Ben Johnson Tenor
    • James Platt Bass
    • Patricia Bardon Mezzo Soprano

    BBC National Chorus of Wales and WNO Orchestra come together for the first time in this unique collaboration

  • Wed 14 Dec

    14:00 MediaCityUK Salford
    Sullivan, German, Coates, Farnon & Wood
    • Sir Arthur Sullivan 1842–1900
    • The Yeomen of the Guard
      Overture (5 mins)
    • Edward German 1862–1936
    • Romeo and Juliet
      Nocturne (5 mins)
    • Eric Coates 1886–1957
    • Dancing Nights: Concert Valse (7 mins)
    • Robert Farnon 1917–2005
    • Prelude: Lake of the Woods (8 mins)
    • Haydn Wood 1882–1959
    • London Landmarks (12 mins)
    • Eric Coates 1886–1957
    • Cinderella (14 mins)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Wilson conductor

    The charismatic John Wilson leads an afternoon of music – and a number of light British classics

    Apply for Tickets Applications open 28 November - 4 December
  • Wed 14 Dec

    14:00 St Alban The Martyr, London
    Twitter Carols!

    A first for the BBC Singers - and possibly a global first too! The BBC Singers present a live carol request concert offering Radio 3 listeners across the nation the opportunity to vote via social media on carols to be performed in the concert.

  • Thu 15 Dec

    13:00 BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
    Radio 3 Carol Competition

    Join the BBC Singers and Chief Conductor David Hill for a short concert of festive new music at the BBC Maida Vale Studios, as they perform the six brand new Christmas carols shortlisted in the 2016 BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition.

  • Thu 15 Dec

    14:00 Glasgow City Halls
    Afternoon Performance - Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony
    • Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847
    • Overture 'Ruy Blas' (7 mins)
    • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • What the Wild Flowers Tell Me (arr. Benjamin Britten) (11 mins)
    • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
    • Lachrymae (15 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868
    • The Italian Girl in Algiers – overture The Italian Girl in Algiers – overture Also known as: L'italiana in Algeri – Sinfonia (10 mins)
    • Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847
    • Symphony No 4 in A major, 'Italian' Symphony No 4 in A major, 'Italian' Also known as: Symphony No 4 in A major, 'Italian', Op 90 (38 mins)
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Lise Berthaud viola
    • Alpesh Chauhan conductor

    Alpesh Chauhan conducts works by Mahler, Britten, Rossini & Mendelssohn

  • Fri 16 Dec

    14:00 BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
    Bramwell Tovey 'Urban Runway'
    • Bramwell Tovey b.1953
    • Urban Runway
      UK Premiere
    • Eric Coates 1886–1957
    • I heard you singing
    • Bird Songs at Eventide
    • Ivor Novello 1893–1951
    • We'll Gather Lilacs
    • My Life Belongs to You
    • Sir John Blackwood McEwen 1868–1948
    • Solway, A Symphony
    • BBC Concert Orchestra
    • Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
    • Bramwell Tovey conductor
    • Ian Skelly presenter

    Bramwell Tovey conducts the UK premiere of his 'Urban Runway' and Kathryn Rudge performs songs by Ivor Novello and Eric Coates.

  • Fri 16 Dec

    15:00 MediaCityUK Salford
    Delius, Dutilleux, Vaughan Williams & Ravel
    • Frederick Delius 1862–1934
    • Brigg Fair (16 mins)
    • Henri Dutilleux 1916–2013
    • Au gré des ondes
      arr Kenneth Hesketh (12 mins)
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • On Wenlock Edge (21 mins)
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Valses nobles et sentimentales (orchestral version) (16 mins)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Wilson conductor
    • Robin Tritschler tenor
    • Tom Redmond presenter

    Join the orchestra and conductor John Wilson for a musical journey through England and France

    Apply for Tickets Applications open 28 November - 4 December
  • Fri 16 Dec

    19:15 MediaCityUK Salford
    The BBC Philharmonic Christmas Concert

    The BBC Philharmonic celebrates Christmas with conductor Richard Davies, The Bard of Barnsley - Ian MacMillan, Craig Charles and the BBC North Staff Choir

    Apply for Tickets Applications open 28 November - 4 December
  • Fri 16 Dec

    19:30 Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
    Christmas Celebrations
  • Sat 17 Dec

  • Sun 18 Dec

    15:00 St David's Hall, Cardiff
    BBC Wales - Carols for Christmas

    BBC Wales’ annual festive concert in aid of BBC Children in Need returns to St David’s Hall

  • Sun 18 Dec

    15:00 Glasgow City Halls
    Christmas at the Movies

    Christmas at the Movies at City Halls

    Book tickets Limited Availability
  • Tue 20 Dec

    19:30 Barbican, London
    An evening with David Sedaris: Death knows no season

    A night of wit, words and music with David Sedaris and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

  • Tue 20 Dec

    19:30 MediaCityUK Salford
    Friday Night is Music Night: Scary Fairy Returns

    The orchestra are joined by Craig Charles and Louise Minchin for a magical Friday Night is Music Night - and a fairy-tale with a twist

    Apply for Tickets Applications open 5 - 11 December
  • Wed 21 Dec

    14:00 St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
    Winter Solstice
    • Gabriel Jackson b.1962
    • Nowell sing we
    • Cecilia McDowall b.1951
    • Annunciation
    • Jamie W. Hall
    • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    • Fredrik Sixten b.1962
    • There is no rose
    • James Burton b.1974
    • O Thoma!
    • David Bednall b.1979
    • Welcome All Wonders
      Alleluia
    • Cheryl Frances-Hoad b.1980
    • Good Day, Sir Christemas!
    • Gareth Tresder
    • The Minstrels
    • BBC Singers
    • David Hill conductor
    • Reverend Richard Coles presenter

    On the winter solstice, the BBC Singers and special guest presenter Reverend Richard Coles present a feast of contemporary Christmas carols, punctuated by festive secular readings and poetry.

  • Wed 21 Dec

    19:30 Town Hall, Ayr
    Christmas with the BBC SSO

    Christmas with the BBC SSO in Ayr

    Sold Out
  • Thu 22 Dec

    14:00 MediaCityUK Salford
    Bax & Vaughan Williams
    • Sir Arnold Bax 1883–1953
    • Tintagel (15 mins)
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • A London Symphony (Symphony no. 2) (46 mins)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Wilson conductor

    Under the baton of John Wilson, the orchestra perform pieces from two great British composers - Bax and Vaughan Williams

    Apply for Tickets Applications open 5 - 11 December
  • Thu 22 Dec

    19:00 Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    Christmas at Saffron Hall

    A celebration of popular Christmas music, songs and carols

  • Thu 22 Dec

    19:30 Glasgow City Halls
    Christmas with the BBC SSO

    Jamie MacDougall presents Christmas with the BBC SSO at City Halls