Most theatres around the country are gearing up for the panto season. But what if you want to get in the Christmas spirit but without the bother of shouting “He’s Behiiiiind You” or “Oh No, it isn’t!”? One option might be to seek out a Christmas concert. And Birmingham’s Town Hall &Symphony Hall has variety in abundance this Christmas. With 32 separate concerts, shows and performances in its festive season, surely no other Midlands venues can match the sheer range on offer at Birmingham’s two spectacular concert halls.
There’s celebrity sparkle, orchestral and choral classics, big band sounds, candlelit concerts, family entertainment and of course plenty of carol singing. Some of the many highlights include Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, folk songstress Kate Rusby, uplifting music from the Town Hall Gospel Choir and a recreation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol from Clive Francis. Brian Blessed gets the traditional Symphony Hall Festival underway with Christmas Classics and it wouldn’t be Christmas without Roy Wood. This year’s family show is an adaptation of the much-loved The Tiger Who Came To Tea playing at Town Hall for a run of over 30 performances including a specially-adapted relaxed performance.
A traditional seasonal fanfare is Lunchtime Christmas Music with Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter, joined this year by the angelic voices of the Choir of Winchester Cathedral. And there are plenty of other opportunities to give the vocal cords a work-out with Carols by Candlelight, Christmas Carol Singalong and Sing Carols with the City Organist.
Other events to look out for include Welsh choral phenomenon Only Men Aloud, a swinging celebration from the BBC Big Band, favourite filmscores by John Williams, West End hits in The Sound of Musicals and a New Year Johann Strauss gala complete with glorious dancers.
Full details can be found at at www.thsh.co.uk/christmas2014 or from the box office on 0121 780 3333