Enjoy some carols by candlelight at Barbican Hall. The Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus will be performing a selection of seasonal songs and Christmas classics in full 18th-century costume, in a beautiful candle-lit style setting.
Music will include: Cullen's Joy to the World, Pearsall's In dulci jubilo, Willcocks' I saw three ships and Handel's Zadok the Priest, Let the Bright Seraphim and Christmas Sequence from Messiah. The singalong carols for all will include: Good King Wenceslas, Once in Royal David's City, While Shepherd's Watched their flocks by night, O come all ye faithful and Hark! The herald angels sing.
The Mozart Festival Orchestra specialise in playing classics from the baroque era. They frequently perform in full 18th-century costume, bringing an evocative and elegant atmosphere to their concerts.
pwyn – “I only ever go here to listen to the London Symphony Orchestra, who have a residency here. I wouldn't go for any other reason as the Barbican is one of the ugliest parts of London. It can also be quite scary walking the forboding concrete walkways at night, but once you are inside it is very nice and pleasant. The London Symphony Orchestra is one of the best in London (although not a patch on the London Philharmonic), but they frequently have big name conductors and new works receiving their debut. The price is also a little less than the concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. If you think that classical music in London is only worth going to if it's at the Festival Hall or Royal Albert Hall, then give this a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.”
glenking – “There are probably millions of Londoners who have lived in London for years who have never been to the Barbican. I know why... because you have to make an effort to get there (it's not really near anything else that's interesting) and it looks like a concrete car-park. If first impressions count, then you wouldnt bother stepping through the front door, because it's an archtiectural monstrosity. But give it a chance! You can actually have a full day out at the Barbican because they've got everything -- an art gallery, a theatre, a concert hall, a cinema, and even the Museum of London tacked on as well. The only one i've not been to is the theatre, but the concert hall has some great stuff in it. and the art gallery usually has some good contemporary stuff on show, if you like that sort of thing. a bit like the stuff they show at the Tate Modern”
Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Bartok, Bernstein and Golijov – 13 Dec 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some music by Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Bartok, Bernstein at Barbican Hall.
Nigel Kennedy at Barbican Hall – 14 Dec 2018 – Hear violinist Nigel Kennedy and the Academy of Ancient Music play some classical music by JS Bach at Barbican Hall.
Sir Simon Rattle — Debussy, Brahms and Enescu – 16 to 18 Dec 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Debussy, Brahms and Enescu at Barbican Hall.
Christmas Cracker concert, with the Royal Philharmonic – 16 Dec 2018 – The Christmas Cracker concert at Cadogan Hall is a festive favourite, full of seasonal songs and carols by the Royal Philharmonic.
Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ — at Barbican Hall – 17 Dec 2018 – Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ at Barbican Hall.
Britten Sinfonia, playing Handel’s Messiah – 19 Dec 2018 – The Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices will be giving a performance of Handel's Messiah at Barbican Hall.
An Evening of Christmas Classics, at the Barbican – 20 Dec 2018 – Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classics at Barbican Hall.
If you enjoy Barbican Hall then you might like to visit Cadogan Hall (catch the train from Barbican to Cadogan Hall), London Coliseum (catch the train from Barbican to London Coliseum), Royal Albert Hall (catch the train from Barbican to Royal Albert Hall), Royal Festival Hall (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Barbican to Royal Festival Hall) and Royal Opera House (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Barbican to Royal Opera House)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans