Celebrate Christmas 2018 at St George’s Bristol
St George’s Bristol is getting into the festive spirit, with glorious music across genres and opportunities to celebrate with friends and loved ones.
As well as world-class classical, jazz, folk and gospel music, the venue welcomes the city’s best orchestras and choirs during this Christmas and New Year period.
The Café Bar in our stunning new extension is also open all day and into the evening, with mulled wine and a seasonal menu, and visitors can explore the exhibition ‘Our Story’.
As well as festive treats, St George’s offers Gift Vouchers, and 2019 events, including the lunchtime concert series, are on sale during December for anyone looking to find special gifts for music-lovers.
Seasonal concert highlights include the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, on 18 December. Expect uplifting choruses, expressive solos and duets, and orchestral colours ranging from blazing trumpets and drums to the mellow pastoral sounds of shepherds at the cradle.
The dynamic Aurora Orchestra is joined by pianist Imogen Cooper, and conducted by Nicholas Collon, for A Viennese New Year on 30 December. The countdown to the year’s end celebrates with Mozart and Strauss including The Marriage of Figaro overture, the G major piano concerto and the 39th symphony.
The Renewal Choir – including members who performed at the Royal Wedding in May – returns on 30 November to St George’s with Handel’s Messiah Soulful Celebration.
If your tastes are more contemporary, St George’s has Darius Brubeck Quartet on 13 December, Rick Wakeman’s Christmas Piano Odyssey Tour on 16 December, and Cara Dillon and Upon A Winter’s Night on 19 December.
Bristol Ensemble will be at St George’s with the Choir of Royal Holloway and Handel’s Messiah on 12 December, with City of Bristol Choir on 20 December for the Christmas Spectacular – repeated with Exultate Singers on 21 December – and on 22 December with Festive Fiesta, plus the Children’s Christmas Carnival and A Baroque Christmas on 23 December.
The Lord Mayor of Bristol Children’s Appeal Carol Concert on 6 December – in partnership with Bristol Post and BCfm – features Bold Brass, The Gurt Lush Choir, Bristol MAN Chorus, Sing With Soul, plus special guests.
Other festive treats include:
- Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band with Carols & Capers on 4 December, Bristol Plays Music Christmas Concert on 5 December
- Chiaroscuro Quartet & Kristian Bezuidenhout playing Beethoven and Mozart on 7 December
- City Voices Step Into Christmas on 8 December
- Nailsea Singing Project & Friends Christmas Concert on 11 December
- Bristol Bach Choir with Spirit of Christmas on 15 December
- St George’s Philosopher in Residence Julian Baggini with Philosophical Times on 15 December.