XMAS COUNTDOWN: Where to find Christmas concerts
Time to be jolly and sing-a-long with your favourite Christmas songs or sit back and enjoy some memorable festive music.
Here are some of the concerts going on in and around Swindon.
Saturday December 15
Swindon Choral Society’s Christmas Concert. Handel’s Messiah, 8pm, Holy Rood Church, Groundwell Road, Swindon. £12 concession £10. 01793533268.
Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Christmas Concert, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Bassett. 01793 852515. Adults £7.50, under - 16’s £2.50. Viennese and traditional Christmas music.
Sunday December 16
Christmas Present concert by Cricklade Band, 7.30pm, Function Hall at The Club, High St, Cricklade. £5.01793 750228. Cricklade Band’s Christmas show. Carols and Christmas music plus BandAcademy, seasonal refreshments, and a raffle supported by Cricklade traders.
Swindon Brass Band, 3pm, Town Gardens, Quarry Road, Old Town, Swindon. Free. 01793 614837/01793 530328. Christmas concert in the bandstand.
Family Christmas Concert: The New Rope String Band, 3pm, Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon. Our alternative to pantomime with superb music-making, imagination and lots of laughter.
Wednesday December 19
Chrismas Cracker Concert with Chippenham Male Voice Choir, 7:30pm, Neeld Hall, Borough Parade, Chippenham. (01249) 665970 .For more details telephone 01249 665970.
Madam Renard's event, 7.30pm, The Kings Arms, Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon. £10.The Holly, The Ivy and The Mistletoe is a semi-staged secular oratorio by Jessie Thompson based on the tale of Guinevere discovering the magic of forest plants at Yuletide.
Christmas through the ages, 9am, Avebury Manor, National Trust Estate Office, Avebury. 01672 539250. Until December 23, every day except Wednesdays. Make a wish for our Wish Tree.
Once upon a Christmas is the Christmas tree festival, Lacock Abbey, 11am, High Street, Lacock. Normal admission fees apply, NT members and under. 01249 730459. Well known carols, stories, poems, plays and pantos are the inspiration for this year’s Christmas tree festival.
Thursday December 20
Jazz on a Christmas Evening, 8:30pm, Town Hall, Malmesbury. Pianist and vocalist Peter Gill presents an evening of festive inspired jazz. With special guest vocalist Joe Martin and a band of top jazz musicians including Kim and Mike Cypher, Wayne Elliott and Mike Croshaw. This will be a night not to be missed.
Friday December 21
Carols for Christmas, 7:30pm, St Leonards Church, Farleigh Hungerford, Bath. With Grenville Jones and members of his Bath Chorus Choir with favourite carols and audience participation. Tickets £8 including a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, available from Sue Beaven, 01225 760693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz On A Christmas Evening, 7:30pm, The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Gloucester. Pianist and vocalist Peter Gill presents an evening of festive inspired jazz. With special guest vocalist Joe Martin and a band of top jazz musicians including Kim and Mike Cypher, Wayne Elliott and Mike Croshaw, this will be a night not to be missed.Tickets £15.
Jazz on a Christmas Evening, 7:30pm, Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury. A festive night of Christmas inspired jazz with Peter Gill and his talented musician friends. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit. Ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Tickets: £13 and available from the TIC, online and on the door (subject to availability).
Saturday December 22
Christmas Carols with Chippenham Town Band, 3:30pm, High Street, Chippenham,Chippenham. Come along and have a festive sing along with the Town Mayor. Carol sheets provided.
Handel's Messiah: Bristol Choral Society, 7:30pm, Colston Hall, Colston Street,Bristol. £10 - £23 (under 25s £5, concessions available).0117 922 3686.Bristol Choral Society’s Messiah returns to the Colston Hall this Christmas unwrapping Handel’s masterpiece with the immediacy of a performance sung from memory - and accompanied by the stylish period instruments of Music for Awhile. Messiah 2012 bids ‘Hallelujah’!
Mini Messiah family concert, 4.30pm, Colston Hall, Colston Street,Bristol. £10 - £23 (under 25s £5, concessions available).0117 922 3686.This bite-sized family-friendly introduction to Handel's Messiah returns for its third annual outing - a great way to introduce children to Handel's masterpiece with this condensed performance taking in some of the favourite highlights in under an hour.
Sunday December 23
Family Christmas Carol Service, 10:30am, King's Christian Centre, 26a King William Street, Old Town,Swindon. Free. 07743322781. Morning Service (10am to 12:30pm): by our own Sunday School Children (Puppet show, Christmas pop songs, and lots of refreshments). Evening Service (6pm to 8pm): International Christmas Carol Service (christmas songs from various countries around the world, traditional christmas songs, and lots of various international snacks) Monday Decemberf 24 Christmas Family Communion Service , 6pm, United Church, St Margaret's Street, Bradford on Avon. All welcome.
The Great Big Nativity, 4pm, St Philip & St James' Church, Neston, Corsham. donations to the collection welcome.It’s December again. A frantic month of shopping, card-writing, menu planning, coordinating calendars, puzzling over presents, ferrying over-excited children to parties & sitting screaming toddlers on to the lap of a strange bearded man in a red suit at the local garden centre. By December 24th, we need a little reminding of the true spirit of Christmas.