Piccadilly Christmas concert provides peaceful interlude


The Piccadilly Christmas Concert is ideal for those enjoying London getaways who want to take a break from the mad rush of festive shopping.

The concert is taking place at 7pm on December 14th at St James’ Church in the middle of London’s popular West End. Audience members can expect an evening of classical music in a stunning environment.

It is the fifth year that the Piccadilly Christmas Concert has been held and has already hosted some of the country’s leading classical musicians as part of the event.


Warren Mailley-Smith, one of Britain’s top concert pianists, will be leading the 2012 event and will be playing using candlelight on the church’s Fazioli grand piano.

The music will include Mozart’s piano concerto K414 in A major – performed by a piano and string quartet – Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata, the Chopin’s Four Scherzos and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The concert will take place from 7pm to 11pm and entry costs £15 for adults and £12 for concessions.

The church is close to Trafalgar Square and Green Park and could be the perfect restful end to a busy day finding those perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends.

On December 15th, the church will also present its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with The Georgian Camerata and solo singers Robyn Allegra Parton, William Purefoy, Stuart Jackson and Marcus Farnsworth. The performance will be conducted by Peter Broadbent and tickets start at £12 each.

Many shops across the West End have extended opening times in the run-up to Christmas, while they will also be opening early for the traditional Boxing Days.