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In pictures: Christmas carols at London’s Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall, London

The decorations are up, the presents wrapped and the cards posted, but it still doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I’m listening to carols at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s become a family tradition that each year we head up to London for a Christmas concert. We always have the same seats – behind the orchestra and so close to the choir that we could almost be part of it (though maybe not if they heard my singing voice). It’s the perfect vantage point to look out over this spectacular building, opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria as a memorial to her husband Albert. Each Christmas the Albert Hall hosts a series of different festive events, so you can have carols by candlelight, singalong yourself or leave it to the professionals. But we always go for the concert with composer John Rutter, and come out of it ready for Christmas to start.

John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London

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  1. What a lovely way to get that Christmassy feeling going! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy year in 2014 :)

    December 23, 2013
    • It’s great, you can’t help coming out feeling festive. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas too and a very happy New Year!

      December 23, 2013
  2. Oh that must be fantastic. So envious.

    December 23, 2013
    • It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions – and such a gorgeous setting!

      December 23, 2013
  3. Nice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

    December 23, 2013
    • Thank you – and hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year too!

      December 23, 2013
  4. This would definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. Concerts like this give me chills of excitement.

    December 23, 2013
    • The choir did give me chills down the back of my neck, such a beautiful sound. Have a lovely Christmas!

      December 23, 2013
  5. What a beautiful Christmas tradition! Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2013
    • Thank you – and hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year too!

      December 23, 2013
  6. Jen #

    Lucky! That sounds like an awesome Christmas tradition!

    December 24, 2013
    • Thanks, it’s one of my favourites – can’t help getting into the Christmas spirit!

      December 24, 2013
  7. Beautiful photos! Do they allow you to take photos during the performance? They are very strict about that here in the US.

    December 24, 2013
    • As long as you didn’t use flash it was fine – though I did take most shots at the end or between songs and definitely not in a quiet patch!

      December 24, 2013
  8. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the sunshine award! Keep on blogging!
    http://travelecstacy.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/sunshine-award/

    December 26, 2013
    • Thanks so much for the nomination – and have a very happy new year!

      December 27, 2013

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