Join us for a lantern procession (with lots of carols!) from Newcastle Central Station to the Cathedral, following Mary and Joseph on their journey.
This year, it is followed by a free half-hour concert by Newcastle’s wonderful ROCK CHOIR!
Free family event; duration approx 45 mins plus concert.
Meet in the portico at the entrance to Central Station, finishing with carols at the Cathedral.
Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.
Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
Strauss – Trisch-Trasch polka
Tchaikovsky – Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5
Schubert – Rondo for Violin & Strings
Strauss – Blue Danube Waltz
London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.
With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!
If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.
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New York indie rock legends Mercury Rev touchdown in the Toon, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed album ‘Deserter’s Songs’! Join them for a rare, intimate performance in the picturesque St Nicholas Cathedral on December 15th.
Newcastle Cathedral Choir
Directed by Ian Roberts, with Kris Thomsett (Organ)
The New Tyneside Orchestra
Directed by Monica Buckland
With special guest compère – BBC Radio Newcastle’s Anna Foster
Friday 14 December at 7.30pm until 9:30pm
A spectacular evening of Christmas music, featuring the renowned choir of Newcastle Cathedral with its talented boy and girl choristers, recruited from schools across the North East, Newcastle’s own amateur symphony orchestra, and Anna Foster, star of local radio.
There will be lots of traditional Christmas favourites from the choir and orchestra, along with some lesser known Christmas delights. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to sing. An unforgettable evening designed to get you in a Christmas mood!
In aid of Newcastle Cathedral’s Sponsor a Chorister Fund
Tickets £15 plus £1.47 Eventbrite booking fee: https://christmas-extravaganza.eventbrite.co.uk
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Newcastle Cathedral is within easy reach of many public transport links:
Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes’ walk from Newcastle Cathedral. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Then follow Collingwood Street to bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral.
The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, at the back of the Cathedral. Follow the path left or right to approach the front entrance to the Cathedral. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside’s multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.
The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre – with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Cathedral. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes’ walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms.
The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Cathedral. Public buses run outside of the Cathedral into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).
From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosley Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral.
From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral.
From the Quayside: Alight the Side – the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They’re steep but rise straight up to the Cathedral. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you to the Castle Keep. Keep forward along St Nicholas Street to approach the Cathedral on your right.
Christmas at the Cathedral 2018
Join the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for a spectacular seasonal celebration at Newcastle Cathedral featuring North East celebrities and special guests.
Celebrities taking part this year include BBC TV’s Casualty star Chelsea Halfpenny, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, vocalist Rachel Unthank, comedians Steffen Peddie and Jason Cook, The Swing Bridge Singers and fresh from her appearances in The Last Ship and Clear White Light; Charlie Hardwick. A reading will be given by Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Patron and football writer George Caulkin. Billy Mitchell will compere the show.
Please note due to the nature of Newcastle Cathedral as a venue, some seats may have restricted visibility. The organisers have as best they can highlighted any seats that have poor visibility.
Standard tickets £22
VIP tickets £38.50
VIP ticket includes after-show drinks in the Eastern Chapel with show artistes and VIP guests and a programme
Available from: www.theatreroyal.co.uk