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Festive music in the capital this December

12 December 2011 | Anita Mistry

The Christmas tree is up, Slade is on the office iPod and everyone is struggling to cram in the last of their Christmas shopping. Why not take a break and check out our pick of the best places to watch, enjoy or even join in some festive carol singing.

Whether you are looking for a free event to head along to with the family to get in the festive mood, or a full on concert in one of London’s spectacular music venues, then look no further. Here is London Calling’s pick of carol singing events this December.
 
Trafalgar Square
Each year a Christmas tree is given as a gift from the people of Norway in thanks for the support Britain gave during WW2 and is placed in Trafalgar Square. This provides a centrepiece to the annual carol singing in the square. Everyone is invited to these free events, through December with choirs from all over taking part.
 
Royal Albert Hall
The wonderful Royal Albert Hall will be hosting a Christmas Carol Sing-along with Jonathan Cohen and special guest Alison Jiear, singing a variety of popular carols, from Frosty the Snowman to Away in a Manger.
 
St Martin-in-the-Fields
The church is holding a variety of carol services throughout December, with concerts in aid of charities Missing People (12 December) and Shelter (21 December) as well as traditional carol services with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields (18 and 24 December). Click here for times.
 
Southwark Cathedral
This grand and beautiful cathedral will be hosting carols from 7 December, with the main carol services being held between 18 and 22 December. Click here for details.
 
St Paul’s Cathedral

The awe-inspiring St Paul’s Cathedral will be joined by the UK’s leading children’s charity Barnado’s for a fundraising carol service on 13 December. With a 400-strong children’s choir and a visit from Father Christmas, this is a treat not to be missed.
 
Cadogan Hall
Goldsmiths Choral Union will be hosting their Christmas Concert in aid of Save the Children at Cadogan Hall on 19 December. With carols to sit back and enjoy, as well as a chance for the audience to join in, this promises to be a fun, festive evening for all the family.
 
RAF Museum
A 1940s style Wartime Christmas Carol Concert will be held at RAF Museum to celebrate the festive season. Head along on 17 and 18 December to enjoy classic Christmas wartime favourites, as well as traditional hymns and carols.
 
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