Christmas concerts across Scotland in 2012
Carol concerts, choir recitals and Handel's Messiah
Christmas isn’t Christmas without carols. And, of course, The Messiah. That’s certainly what the evidence of this month’s listings would suggest. Carols by candlelight, carols for charity, carols with brass, orchestra, organ, carols for male choirs, female choirs, mixed choirs and soloists – the choice is endless in the run up to Christmas. New on the scene this year is Edinburgh Brass Band, who give their debut concert at St John’s in the West End, so a perfect location for some seasonal music as antidote to Princes St shopping. Sunday 16 December is choir-time marathon, with the National Museum of Scotland providing several in free performances in the afternoon, Rudsambee, again free of charge, in St Giles’ Cathedral early evening and soprano diva Lesley Garrett with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union in the Usher Hall later on.
In Glasgow, the following week is alive with Christmas sounds night after night, with Jingle Bell Christmas bringing upbeat numbers like ‘Let it Snow’ and ‘Santa Baby’ to the Royal Concert Hall. Even Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins appears in a mid-week Christmas show-stealer.
Handel’s Messiah can be heard this festive season in two versions. Dunedin Consort give their acclaimed interpretation with small numbers and original instruments pre-Christmas and Edinburgh Royal Choral Union give their annual New Year performance at the Usher Hall, something they have done for 126 years, so it should be good. Take a picnic for the interval.
If, however, you say bah humbug to all Christmas music, then head for Red Note and The End of the World, in a one-off, site-specific music theatre performance about the predicted apocalypse on 21 December. There is only space for 100, so if sold-out – and it turns out not to be the end of the world – there’s plenty more music to choose from coming up in 2013.