While many of like to get our fix of Christmas music from old records, many of us chose to get wrap up warm and get our kicks from live groups. Well, here are 5 Top Concerts to catch.
Andrea Bocelli at Jockey Club– Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, has been a household name since he found international fame in the mid 90s, having won the newcomers section of Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival in 1994. 13 albums later, he is still a force to be reckoned with. This Christmas sees him take to the stage of Jockey Club in Sao Paulo, he doesn’t usually tour and so this is a perfect opportunity to catch the legend in an extraordinary city. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Eugene Kohn and accompanied by an orchestra and choir. This concert, alone, is expected to attract over 25 thousand spectators… make sure you are one of them.
Muse at Ericsson Globe Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
A last minute idea but one that can’t be ignored, Muse in Stockholm, Sweden. Yes, this is your typical classic Christmas concert but you would be crazy not to get involved on this one. The legendary English Rock band have been wowing their fans with electric performances since they released their first LP back in 1999. Fast forward 13 years and they are playing at the Olympics and playing to sold out stadiums… the Ericsson Globe Arena for example, where their latest LP The 2nd Law will be taking centre stage, belting out modern classics like Madness and Survival. Get your tickets now…
Christmas in the Royal Chapel of Versailles – Versailles, France
Now, if this doesn’t put you in a festive mood, then I really don’t know what else will. Ton Koopman, the man behind the event, has pulled together a wonderful evening of music; the Midnight Mass of Charpentier, the Grand Motet Laudate Dominum of Corrette which use the Spring score from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the Concerto Grosso of Corelli. Whether you know these guys and pieces of music or not, what better way to celebrate Christmas in the grand Chateau De Versailles.?
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas at Jazz Café – London France
It was way back in 1962 that Martha Lavaille had her first big break, getting signed to the iconic Motown Records label, where her most loved hits were laid down; Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack and Dancing in the Street, to name but a few. Now, she is back on the road and bringing her blend of soul, blues, Motown and jazz, an accumulation of genres that she turned her hand to when leaving Motown records in 1972. This once in a lifetime evening will also see her belt out hits that she’d performed with Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Bruce Springsteen… incredible. So, for an upbeat Christmas, you had better get yourself down to the Jazz Café in London, this December.
The BT Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall – London, England
If you are in London but looking for something a bit more traditional, then the BT Christmas Concert is sure to hit the spot. This traditional concert is made up of those familiar festive songs that will have the Royal Albert Hall singing along loud and proud… and for those in doubt, yes, there will be carols, too. Presented by the UK’s Chris Hollins, the evening will take you on a whistle stop tour of classics, ending in an indoor firework finale. This is a must do for families of any age. Get your tickets below.
If you are more inclined to cool your heels at home, then check out our top 10 songs for Christmas 2012, here.
Written by Ben Taylor