• 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

  • 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) (30 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
    • Soraya Mafi Soprano
    • Patricia Bardon Mezzo Soprano
    • Ben Johnson Tenor
    • James Platt Bass

    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 McMillan, 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

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  • 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

    Book Tickets Limited Availability