5 of the best Christmas carol concerts in Britain


Few things best capture the magic of the festive season than a carol concert. Despite all the commercialism of Christmas, carols remain an authentic and enchanting part of this time of year – a chance to get together with friends and family and share a sing-along. It makes us all feel young at heart!

What’s more, it’s even better when you are joined by a choir and orchestra So, in preparation for the season of mulled wine and mince pies, we have curated a list of 5 of the Best Christmas Carol Concerts taking place across the UK. Get ready for evenings of sparkle, candlelight and festive excitement as we sing traditional favourites and new carols celebrating Christmas.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, London – 21st to 24th December 2019

The Albert Hall has hosted some of the UK’s most prestigious and spectacular Christmas concerts, and 2019 looks to be no exception. The series of concerts, ‘Carols at the Royal Albert Hall’ in the run up to Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to sing along to festive favourites, led by the Royal Choral Society and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra!

Carols by Candlelight at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Christmas Eve, 2019

In the heart of England, at Birmingham’s emblematic Symphony Hall, one can expect a magical Christmas Eve, with a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ concert, where the artists and musicians are all in full 18th century costume and performing in an evocative candlelit setting. A glorious traditional way to celebrate Christmas!

City Voices Cardiff Christmas, at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff – 8th December 2019

Wales is renowned as the Land of Song, and at the ‘City Voices Cardiff Christmas’, you can enjoy one of the city’s finest choirs sharing traditional and contemporary songs. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to join in with the carols, and the ever-popular audience participation of the Twelve Days of Christmas!

Carols at the Castle, at Stirling Castle – 15th December 2019

Stirling Castle, in central Scotland, is set to the evocative setting for ‘Carols at the Castle’, featuring the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS), offering a magical evening of mulled wine and classic Christmas Carols given a fresh and dynamic interpretation.

Belfast Carols, at the SSE Arena Belfast – 14th December 2019

Belfast’s SSE Arena brings an evening of festive joy; a Christmas spectacular with impressive staging, a 100-piece orchestra, and a mass choir of 1100 children. The ‘Belfast Carols’ show promises traditional carols and show-stopping Christmas hits featuring special guests!

So, make your Christmas extra special this year, with a Carol Concert. Places all across the country, from local venues to symphony halls are hosting sparkling events – so recapture the joy of a childhood Christmas and sing a few carols this season!

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Comments (2)

  1. Hamish Brown says:

    If we are talking traditional British Christmases – and trying to get away from the commercial fest of Amazon parcel deliveries that Christmas has become – then there can be few things better for summoning up the true Christian spirit of Christmas than a Carol Service in one of Britain’s historic cathedrals or churches.

    As you leave please don’t forget to put a large denomination bank note or two in the collection plate. These historic buildings are very expensive to maintain and it is our duty to ensure that they are there for future generations to savour too.

  2. Lorraine Berry says:

    The event at Birmingham should certainly take Carol Concerts to a new level. It’s a spectacular idea to dress the performers up in 18th century costume.

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