Why it’s already feeling a bit like Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall | London

Spring may have finally sprung in London, but at the Royal Albert Hall it’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas.

The famous venue in Kensington has announced its full line-up for this year’s festive season, with a cast ranging from the Welsh Guards to a gospel choir, and Birmingham Royal Ballet to Father Christmas.

The Royal Albert Hall has played a big role in the country’s Christmas celebrations for more than 145 years. This December the building and its surroundings will be transformed into a winter wonderland as it welcomes carollers, composers, musicians and TV comedians.

I’m absolutely delighted that our Christmas season in 2018 will celebrate all that audiences love about Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall.
It’s especially thrilling to see the programme open to such a diverse range of people, with traditional family events alongside brand new events, including concerts for people who might be lonely or isolated, or those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.

– Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall

The programme includes jazz (Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas), comedy (a 30th anniversary Christmas Whose Line is it Anyway?), gospel music (courtesy of the London Community Gospel Choir), cinema (Home Alone screening in the Films in Concert series), and a perennial festive favourite in Handel’s Messiah.

Traditional Carols return for four performances on 23 and 24 December, with original compositions from John Rutter, President of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and James Bond composer David Arnold, whose new version of Silent Night will celebrate the piece’s 200th anniversary.

For a full rundown of events visit the the Royal Albert Hall’s website.

Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2018-04-17/why-its-already-feeling-a-bit-like-xmas-at-the-royal-albert-hall/