One of my favourite things at Christmas time is listening to and singing along with Christmas carols. If this appeals to you too, then here’s a roundup of Carols By Candlelight and other carol concerts to enjoy this year!
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For many people, a big part of Christmas are the classic Christmas carols like Deck the Halls, The First Noel and O Come All Ye Faithful.
Hearing them live, and getting to sing along too, is a joyful experience so we’ve rounded up some places where you can enjoy Christmas carols. Unless specified, these are virtual events so you can watch from the comfort of your home.
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Carols By Candlelight and Other Festive Carol Concerts
Carols in the City in aid of Marie Curie Nurses
Date: Monday 7th December 2020, 7pm
Start the Christmas season off in style with a virtual evening of festivities and help raise funds to support the work of Marie Curie Nurses. Hosted by Jim Carter OBE, this special concert will include performances by the chamber choir Canticum, saxophonist Rob Burton and seasonal readings by celebrity guests.
How to Book: Tickets are free, but consider making a donation in return for your ticket. Your support will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes, making sure families can enjoy Christmas the way they want to – together. More information at www.mariecurie.org.uk
The Big Sofa Christmas Sing Concert, Wexford Arts Centre
Date: Saturday 12th December 2020, 4pm
Join Elizabeth Drwal Stuttard and this year’s singing superstars for an annual festive treat from Wexford Arts Centre, this time from the comfort of your sofa. Log on, sit back and enjoy – you can even sing along if the mood takes you!
How to Book: tickets are free and can be booked online.
The Knights Before Christmas Virtual Concert in aid of Hand in Hand
Date: Saturday 12th December 2020 8pm
The A Capella Knights return to Galway Cathedral this year for the The Knights Before Christmas Virtual Concert on Saturday 12th December at 8pm. Hand in Hand is delighted to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s event. 100% of the proceeds of the concert will go to Hand in Hand, who provide practical and emotional support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer throughout Ireland.
How to Book: tickets are €15 with all proceeds going to Hand in Hand and can be booked online.
A Christmas Celebration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra
Date: Saturday 19th December 2020 8pm
A Christmas Celebration streamed from NCH features much-loved festive songs and music from across Europe.
- Sibelius Andante Festivo
- Mohr/Gruber Silent Night
- Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 2. Waltz
- Händel I know that my Redeemer Liveth
- Corelli Christmas Concerto Op. 6, No. 8
- Traditional Santa Lucia arr. Rice (Italian)
- Grieg Love Story: First Meeting, Two Brown Eyes, I Love Thee, A Bird Cried Out, Solvejg’s Song, To Her & A Swan
- Grieg Two Nordic Melodies Op 63.
- Traditional Wexford Carol (arr. Rice)
- Traditional Don Oíche úd i mBeithil (arr.Rice)
- Traditional Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
How to Book: information available soon on the Irish Chamber Orchestra website
Home For Christmas with Discovery Gospel Choir
Date: Saturday 19th December, 7pm
Join Discovery Gospel Choir for a live-streamed evening of Christmas favourites – music, poetry, songs, stories and more. A live streamed event, join Discovery Gospel Choir for an evening of music, poetry, songs, stories and much more. Enjoy Christmas favourites from the comfort of your own home as you share in this intimate performance with Ireland’s leading multicultural choir.
How to Book: Tickets are free but donations welcomed, book on Eventbrite.
Claddagh School of Music Christmas Special in aid of Galway Simon Community
Date: Wednesday 23rd December 2020 7.30pm
This Christmas, the Claddagh School of Music are inviting people from home and abroad to join them online from 7.30pm for their first ever ‘Live from Galway’ virtual Concert in aid of Galway Simon Community. The evening of festive cheer and seasonal music favourites will be live-streamed on social media and is free for all to watch. A raffle will take place on the night with 100% of proceeds going directly to Galway Simon who provide Homelessness Prevention & Housing Services here in the West.
The concert will feature Galway-based choral talents from Cois Cladaigh and Galway Baroque Singers, to the NUIG Choral Society. Galway Simon’s own choir, the Galway Simon Music Project will also feature on the night, as well as international choirs such as Canton High School Chamber Singers from Connecticut, USA.
How to Book: The concert is free for all to watch. A raffle will be held on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs and all proceeds in aid of Galway Simon. Raffle tickets are available to buy now for €5 each or 3 for €10 online. The concert will be live streamed on the Claddagh School of Music Facebook page and Galway Simon Community Facebook page.
Christmas Eve Sing-A-Long with Santa
Date: Thursday 24th December 2020, 6pm
For the first time in the history of Christmas, Santa Claus is to broadcast live to the world from his North Pole home on Christmas Eve, 6pm GMT. Shortly before he packs his sleigh and travels across the globe delivering toys and munching mince pies, he will lead a magnificently festive Sing With Santa extravaganza.
At 6pm GMT on Christmas Eve, from his wintery chalet, in front of a roaring fire
and with snow falling outside, Santa will regale the world with a joyous singsong.
With traditional tunes from Deck the Halls , to Jingle Bells , Santa is encouraging
families around the globe to unite and gather round their Christmas trees to
receive a special message and join this fun and festive sing-song – raising vital
funds for Comic Relief in the process.
How to Book: Tickets cost £5 (+ booking fee), and are on sale now online.
Santa Claus will be donating a portion of proceeds raised from ticket sales to one of
Rudolph’s (the red-nosed reindeer) favourite charities, Comic Relief.
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Do you plan to watch Carols by Candlelight or any of the other carol concerts? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!