86-90 Paul Street
London EC2A 4NE
The Christmas 2021 edition of Live from London takes place between Saturday 4 December 2021 and Thursday 6 January 2022.
‘You better watch out…’! From the gleam of the most Christmassy of Renaissance composers, Praetorius, in brightly hewn 400th anniversary pairings with Bach by Gabrieli Consort & Players – to sparkly new orchestral arrangements and world premieres by Bob Chilcott and Taylor Scott Davis in VOCES8’s new orchestral show ‘A Christmas Cracker’ – LIVE From London Christmas presents a boxful of winter delights for your Christmas table.
Filmed live with audiences in churches across London, including the iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields, this picture postcard festival also welcomes two very special US guests: St Olaf College Minnesota (famed for its Christmas broadcasts on PBS), and super-choir The Crossing which unveils the world premiere film of ‘Returning’, its NY Times ‘best of’ 20th anniversary concert for 9/11.
A VOCES8 ‘Messiah’ is led by a crack team of soloists (Mary Bevan, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Nicholas Mulroy and Dingle Yandell fresh from his Glyndebourne debut); Byrd, Monteverdi and Caresana are given a pantomime flourish in I Fagiolini’s Christmas Eve ‘Angels and Demons’ featuring Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque; Apollo5 glitter as the group presents the concert world premiere of its new album ‘A Deep but Dazzling Darkness’, and LIVE From London Christmas rejoices in welcoming back narrator Tamsin Greig, Richard Leaf and popular friends The King’s Singers, Stile Antico and Jack Liebeck amongst others…‘Santa Claus is coming to town’!
The festival continues The VOCES8 Foundation’s global message of music education for all by gifting young performers from across the world a stage for their singing: London Youth Choir, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, iSing, Barnsley Youth Choir, Dr Anthony Trecek-King with Hartt Voices, VOCES8 US Scholars and Gabrieli Roar. LIVE From London will continue to support other artists, arts organisations, education, community and diversity work around the world.