Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival at The Bridgewater Hall

Chris Horkan, Music Editor
Image courtesy of Raymond Gubbay

The Bridgewater Hall Christmas Festival at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 14 December 2017–14 January 2018, from £16.50 - Book now

Manchester’s most prestigious concert hall hosts an impressive, varied month-long festival of Raymond Gubbay concerts this December and January.

Launched by superstar singer Katherine Jenkins, who celebrates her very own Christmas concert of music and songs on 14 December, the series features a joyous assortment of Christmas carols presented by Alan Titchmarsh on 19 December, plus a ‘Christmas Spectacular’ of music, dance, lights and even indoor fireworks on 20 December.

Jonathan Cohen conducts a spine-tingling Carol Singalong on Christmas Eve, meanwhile, with a rousing Boxing Day staging of the Last Night of the Christmas Proms book-ending the big day.

The series then celebrates the Leading Ladies of musicals including Wicked and Chicago on 27 December, while John Williams’ iconic scores for the likes of Harry Potter, Hook, Indiana Jones and Jaws are the dramatic focus for Manchester Concert Orchestra and conductor Anthony Inglis on 28 December.

The new year sees legendary band leader Ray McVay leading his orchestra through Glenn Miller big band classics on 7 January, before the festival draws to a close with a romantic afternoon of Johann Strauss favourites on 14 January.

All in all, this wide-ranging nine-concert festival offers something for everyone to enjoy over the holiday period.

The Bridgewater Hall Christmas Festival at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre

14 December 2017–14 January 2018
From £16.50

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Cinema 2–22 February 2018, from £5.00

Phantom Thread at HOME

Theatre 27 January–24 February 2018,

Queer Contact Festival 2018

The Newspaper Boy
Theatre 13–24 February 2018, from £11.00

The Newspaper Boy at 53Two

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Reena Saini Kallat at Manchester Museum

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Risham Syed Untitled Lahore Series 10, Courtesy the artist and Project 88, New North & South, Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Risham Syed at Manchester Art Gallery

Beacons: Flare at Caustic Coastal
Exhibitions 8 February–3 March 2018, FREE

Beacons: Flare at Caustic Coastal

Exhibitions 22 September 2017–4 March 2018, FREE

Steve McQueen: Ashes at The Whitworth

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon
Theatre 15 February–10 March 2018, from £12.00

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon