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The best classical Christmas concerts in London

Enjoy a festive performance from some of London's best orchestras and musicians

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Christmas brings a wide selection of festive music and performances to London. Here’s a selection of the best classical Christmas concerts to tempt you out of the house this December.

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Christmas concerts in London

Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

This fiercely religious piece was originally written for Easter celebrations but has become a mainstay of Christmas concerts. See the best deliver a truely miraculous experience as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 500-strong combination of Goldsmiths Choral Union, English Concert Chorus and Highgate Choral Society come together. Just sit back and wait for the majestic hallelujah chorus rush to greet you.   

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Thursday December 15 2016 - Monday December 19 2016

Bach Christmas Oratorio

For a real baroque treat this Christmas catch The London Bach Singers – once again joined by their sister group Feinstein Ensemble – perform parts 1,2,3 and 6 from Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields , Trafalgar Square Friday December 9 2016

BAROQUE UNWRAPPED: Bach's Christmas Vespers

Like the director's cut of a cult film, Oxford baroque present the original Magnificat in it's early E-flat version. Following thorough research into contemporary liturgy this is a chance to embrace the work as it was intended - a liturgy for Christmas Day Vespers of 1723. The programme also includes a few cantatas and chorales, you know, cos it's Christmas.

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Kings Place , King's Cross Saturday December 10 2016

London’s best carol concerts

Christmas carol concerts in London

An evening of Christmas carols is a surefire way to sprinkle some holiday spirit into the season. From grand affairs in majestic venues such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral to charity fundraisers with celebrity readings, London's carol services are guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow.

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By: Time Out London editors