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The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Explore a special festive forest of lit-up Christmas trees, with live music to boot.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Wed 24 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Family Ceilidh

Scottish Country dancers, pipers and a ceilidh band help you to celebrate the new year with the family.

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Wed 31 Dec

£7 (Family £26) / 0131 665 2240

Eddi Reader

The popular folk pop chanteuse, known for her work with Fairground Attraction and often called upon to add her voice to other people's records tours her latest album Vagabond.

The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Sat 9 May 2015

£22.50 / 01484 689759

Russian State Ballet: Nutcracker

  • Directed by: Sergei Bobrov
  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

Full-length classical ballet set to Tchaikovsky's music and performed by the renowned company.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£19.50–£38.50 / 0844 907 9000

Bristol Hippodrome

Thu 8 Jan 2015

£12.50–£32.50 / 0844 847 2325

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£30.50–£37.50 / 01702 351135

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Tartan Gig 2015

Concert organised by Girlguiding Scotland for its members aged ten and over. Previous performers have included Little Mix, Conor Maynard, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott, Scouting for Girls, Cher Lloyd and The Wanted.

SECC, Glasgow

Sat 9 May 2015

Clyde Auditorium

prices vary / 0141 248 3000

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National Auditions 2015 – Youth Music Theatre UK

An audition group workshop in musical theatre led by three staff from Youth Music Theatre UK, who will be picking out promising youngsters to star in a range of new productions.

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 24 Jan 2015

020 8563 7725

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Sun 18 Jan 2015

020 8563 7725

Birmingham Hippodrome

Sun 1 Feb 2015

020 8563 7725

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London Community Gospel Choir

Known for their gospel flair, soulful arrangements and invigorating choreography, the choir lend their impressive collective voice to soul, swing and blues as well as classic gospel songs.

The Jazz Cafe, London NW1

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£12.50 / 0844 847 2514

RSNO: The Music of John Williams

Some classical fans may flare their nostrils at the idea of a concert devoted to the music of the guy who wrote the score for E.T., but from the brutal simplicity of the two-note 'shark theme' in Jaws to the sinister music-box tinkle of 'Hedwig's Theme', the unifying musical motif in the Harry Potter films, Williams…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£15–£35 (disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s free) / 0141 353 8000

The Essence Of Ireland

  • Directed by: Ross Mils
  • Written by: Susie Parsley

Traditional Irish dance and music show, following the tale of Sean Dempsey and Cora McGowen, friends who are forced apart when Sean moves to New York to find work, and their ongoing friendship through their letters.

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Sun 8 Mar 2015

£22 (£19.50) / 01684 295 074

The Hallé: The Snowman

A screening of the adaptation of Raymond Brigg's much-loved The Snowman, featuring live orchestral and choral accompaniment to bring the modern classic to life.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tue 23 Dec

£22 / 0844 907 9000

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Allan Stewart's Big Big Variety Show

Allan Stewart presents his big variety show featuring Grant Stott, Andy Gray, Paul Zerdin and more.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 11 Apr 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Homecoming Scotland Session

Traditional music and song session. Bring along your instruments, songs or just kick back and listen.

Captains Bar, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

Free

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Sun 28 Dec

Free

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Tue 30 Dec

Free

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

RSNO: Handel's Messiah

The RSNO's annual performance of Handel's career-reviving blockbuster features Sophie Bevan (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor) and George Humphreys (baritone). Laurence Cummings conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£15–£35 (under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 16s free) / 0141 353 8000

Rudolph On Hope Street

Performance of seasonal music featuring the Orchestra and children's choir, including the opportunity to have your picture taken with one of Rudolph's real live reindeer pals.

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Mon 22 Dec

£13–£16 (Children £8) / 0151 709 3789

Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker

The popular duo from Strictly Come Dancing are joined by the London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe, guest singer Lance Ellington, Southend Girls' and Boys' Choir and Capital Voices, for a seasonal and entertaining show of dance and carol singing.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 22 Dec

£29.50–£46.50 / 020 7589 8212

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Bad Influence Band

Blues-rock by the band from Surrey.

Grey Horse, Kingston upon Thames

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 020 8541 4328

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 100 real ales from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Thu 2 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Fri 3 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Sat 4 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

…and 8 more dates until 12 Apr 2015

Blue Lane

Quintet with tenor/guitar front line playing well-known tunes by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk.

The Lismore, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0141 576 0103

  • 17:00 – 20:00 Blue Lane The Lismore, Glasgow

Sun 15 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 576 0103

  • 17:00 – 20:00 Blue Lane The Lismore, Glasgow

Sun 8 Mar 2015

Free / 0141 576 0103

  • 17:00 – 20:00 Blue Lane The Lismore, Glasgow

Croydon/Sanderstead Rock Choir

Your friendly local Croydon/Sanderstead choir is run by choir leader Rebecca Clegg. We are the local community choir with the national reputation - join the South Croydon Rock Choir and experience the singing phenomenon that Will Smith described as 'Fantastic'. Whilst retaining our community spirit, we come together en…

St Mary's Anglican Church, Croydon

Thu 15 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

Thu 29 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

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G-Funk

The group plays a lively and upbeat mix of funk and R&B.

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1D

Sat 27 Dec

£20 / 020 7437 9595

  • 13:30 G-Funk Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

Sun 28 Dec

£20 / 020 7437 9595

  • 13:30 G-Funk Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

Mon 29 Dec

£20 / 020 7437 9595

  • 13:30 G-Funk Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

Tue 30 Dec

£20 / 020 7437 9595

  • 13:30 G-Funk Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

Orpington/Petts Wood Rock Choir

Your local Orpington choir is run by choir leader Michael Fricker. We have a great year lined up and we would like to invite you to join our choir and take part in the local Orpington and wider Kent area. We are part of the pioneering Rock Choir singing groups. We often team up with the other local Kent choirs to perform…

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Orpington

Thu 15 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01689 830453

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01689 830453

Thu 29 Jan 2015

£25 a month, free taster / 01689 830453

…and 17 more dates until 2 Jul 2015

Piano Prize-Winner Jonathan Fournel

French piano virtuoso in recital.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Fri 9 Jan 2015

£8.50–£11 / 0141 332 5057

Scoundrel, Tsar Bomba, Litsoma, Sad Culture

A Music Blog, Yea? presents a Christmas matinee All Ages gig showcasing the best upcoming local bands. Limited number of tickets available in November at a discounted rate of just £2.50. Doors at 2pm. With exclusive DJ set from Stylish Rodent.

The Fighting Cocks, Kingston upon Thames

Tue 23 Dec

£3.50 / 020 8546 5174

Simon Nieminski

The Cathedral's organist in recital.

Glasgow University Memorial Chapel

Wed 4 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 330 5419

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