IT'S NOT TOO LATE: A Go-to List for Online Christmas Concerts!

We all know this year went far from planned, especially for the arts and music world. But it's not too late, there is STILL stuff going on! Here’s an eclectic list of free and paid concerts and events taking place virtually. Make sure, if you can, to support these wonderful groups, people and institutions - all info is on their websites. So here we go!


Note: Free events in red and paid events in blue!


Events currently available to watch

*FREE*

King’s College London Opera Society’s ‘Advent Calendar’ (support young musicians!)

For the past few weeks, this student society has posted some lovely short videos of their members singing and playing Christmas songs and carols. You can watch these on their Instagram page. Also make sure to follow them on social media if you like their stuff!

Watch here


*FREE*

King’s College Jazz Society ‘Christmas Virtual Performance: A Big Band Christmas’ (support young musicians!)

Another great student society. They created this pre-recorded and edited video just a few days ago and it’s available on Youtube to watch! A great way to support students and a fun concert full of arranged famous Christmas tunes.

Watch here



*FREE*

The Nevis Ensemble ‘Advent Calendar’ (support young musicians!)

The Nevis Ensemble is a Scotland-based non-profit street orchestra with wonderful projects and concerts throughout the year – so be sure to check them out. This Christmas they’re organising an advent calendar with their members performing a short piece and reflecting on a moment from their favourite or most memorable performances with the ensemble. Pieces range from famous carols and Christmas tunes to classical or other pieces.

Watch here


*FREE*

Hannah Littlechild (Violinist) ‘Zoom Christmas Tunes’ (support young musicians!)

I had the privilege of attending one of conservatoire student Hannah’s Zoom concert the other day, and it was magical! Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and her website where she will announce other concerts in the coming days. She will play well known Christmas tunes solo on her violin – and I'm pretty sure recommendations are allowed!

Watch here


*FREE*

Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Children’s Classic Concerts ‘The Night Before Christmas’

This is a pre-recorded concert. In the group’s own words, this concert will ‘get everyone in the Christmas spirit with seasonal singalongs, letter writing to Santa and a virtual trip to Lapland!’. The RSNO Junior Chorus and presenter Owen Gunnell are the stars of the show here. Make sure to watch!

Watch here




*FREE*

English Touring Opera ‘Shh! We have a plan’ (short film)

Written by Chris Haughton and composed by Noah Mosley, this puppet short film is a fun, trouble-filled adventure. About 15 minutes in length, it’s a burst of Christmas fun great for all ages. They also have loads of Christmassy craft-making videos. Make sure to also support, if possible, this great opera company in these difficult times.

Watch here



*FREE*

Royal Opera House ‘Nutcracker Insights’

Not really a ‘concert’ per say, but still a very insightful (...) and interesting video to watch. After all, it’s the Royal Ballet and it’s free. In the video you see the company’s wonderful dancers rehearse and talk about the production (which is also listed here, but paid).

Watch here


*PAID*

Royal Opera House ‘Christmas Concert’ – Available for 30 days

Price: £10 (with tax)

The event was originally streamed on the 18th of December, but it’s available for a while. It includes extracts from some Christmas themed operas: Rossini’s Overture to La Cenerentola and extracts from Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Fantasia on Christmas Carols and The Magic Flute. You’ll see some of the world’s leading singers perform some of history’s greatest works – can’t go wrong there.

Watch here (you need to make a free streaming account to watch)


*PAID*

St Martin-in-the-Fields ‘Christmas Online Concerts’ – Available through December

Price: £10 each (packages available at £25)

This collection of concerts includes ‘Carols for Christmas’, ‘A Baroque Christmas Celebration’ and ‘Festive Family Carols’ (each £10 or £25 for all). It’s a great way to still see this wonderful institution’s concerts which unfortunately had to cancel many other of their Christmas events.

Watch here




Events Calendar

21st of December


*FREE*

Wigmore Hall ‘Spanish Nativity’ 1pm – Available for 30 days

Renowned vocal ensemble Stile Antico perform Christmas music from the Spanish Golden Age. This is sure to be a unique experience with music rarely heard from the reputed Wigmore Hall FOR FREE!

Watch here (you need to make a free account to watch)


*FREE*

Wigmore Hall ‘Cardinall’s Musick’ 7:30pm – Available for 30 days

Directed by Andrew Carwood, a collection of renowned singers including Cecilia Osmond, Patrick Craig, Steven Harrold and Robert Rice sing Palestrina’s Missa O magnum mysterium as well plainsong and seasonal music by Praetorius and Schutz. Again, it’s Wigmore Hall and it’s FREE!

Watch here (you need to make a free account to watch)



22nd of December


*PAID*

Royal Opera House ‘The Nutcracker Reworked’ – Available until the 21st of January

Price: £16 (with tax)

Seen the opera house’s ‘Nutcracker Insights’? Now watch the real thing. It’s paid this time, but worth it – you’re seeing some of the best dancers in the world perform. A classic Christmas show to watch, and this time from the comfort of your own home!

Watch here (you need to make a free streaming account to watch)


*PAID*

Barbican ‘A Dickensian Christmas’ 7pm

Price: Standard - £12.50, Young barbican - £5

In the Barbican’s own words, ‘be transported to Victorian London to the strains of your favourite carols as Kevin Whately brings episodes from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol vividly to life'. Again, it’s paid, but for only £5 (with Young Barbican, which is SO EASY to get), it’s absolutely worth it.

Watch here (make a Young Barbican account if under the age of 25)



23rd of December


*PAID*

Dunedin Consort Messiah 7pm

Price: £10

Scotland based ensemble the Dunedin Consort presents Handel’s Messiah – an inescapable classic for the Christmas period. So give in to the Christmas spirit and make sure to watch this Messiah interpretation for only £10.

Watch here



24th of December


*FREE*

Laura Gorden ‘Merry Christmas from Across the Pond’ 8pm (support young musicians!)

String players Laura (Trinity Conservatoire student), Christina and Nick will play carols for Christmas eve. This will be live on Facebook and a great way to support young musicians.

Watch here



25th of December


*PAID*

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Messiah

Price: £7

Another Messiah! This time by world-renowned ensemble Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’ The concert will be available for a year and can be accessed for just £7.

Watch here



26th of December


*FREE*

Opera Vision The Nutcracker

What a great way to end the list: with a FREE production. We all love Opera Vision - free streams of our favourite operas and productions all year round. This year, among their many other great free productions, you can watch The Nutcracker performed by the National Ballet of Ukraine.

Watch here



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We hope this list has been useful! And it goes without saying that all these institutions could really use some help at this time. In all of the websites provided, you can easily find donation buttons – so make sure to donate if you can.


Thank you and a very merry Christmas and other festivities to you! Make sure to read our various other Christmas articles too!


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Rita Fernandes, December 2020

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