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From Jingle Belles to James Bond: Raymond Gubbay’s festival of Christmas at the Barbican

20 December, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Enjoy carols by candlelight on December 23

There are some sparkling concerts in Raymond Gubbay’s annual Christmas Music Festival at the Barbican over the next week or so:

Friday December 31
The Glory of Christmas: Joyous traditional Christmas music with the London Philharmonic and Trinity Boys Choir. 7.30pm.

Saturday December 23
Jingle Bell Christmas: The Jingle Belles join the London Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices and guest singers Tim Howar and Kerry Elliss for a fun-filled show of Christmas hits. 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Sunday December 23
Carols by Candlelight: Peter Davidson aka Doctor Who reads extracts from Dickens and the Bible accompanied by carols and festive classics. 2.30pm.

Thursday December 27
Glen Miller Orchestra plays wartime chart-toppers and hits from the 1940s. 2.30pm.
The Best of John Williams: Hollywood’s most celebrated music – from ET to Star Wars and beyond. 7.30pm.

Friday December 28
Mozart by Candlelight: Mozart masterpieces performed in candlelit-style setting by Mozart Festival Orchestra in authentic 18th-century costumes. 2.30pm.
Beethoven’s Ninth: All-Beethoven programme featuring the monumental Choral symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – and the Emperor concerto played by Hampstead pianist Danny Driver. 7.30pm.

Saturday December 29
The Music of Bond: Be shaken and stirred by the music of the world’s most famous secret service agent. 2.30pm.
Piano Legends: Party to the music of pop’s greatest piano performers including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys – sensational live vocals and power­house live orchestra. 7.30pm.

Sunday December 30
The Music of Zimmer vs Williams: Hear music from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Inception and more in an epic celebration of two of the all-time great film music composers. 2.30pm.

Monday December 31
• The Magic of Vienna: Watch elegant dancers in billowing gowns whirl to the music of the Strauss dynasty, including the Blue Danube, Rodetzky March and Emperor Waltz. 7.30m.

• Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival 2018, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk

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