Follow Rayfield Allied artists around the world during this year's festive season

1 December 2018

This Christmas, Rayfield Allied artists will once again be performing popular advent repertoire around the world. This season in particular features 27 performances of Handel's Messiah, and 11 performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

On 8 December 2018, the Black Dyke Colliery Band are performing Messiah in which five Rayfield Allied artists will collaborate. Caitlin Hulcup, Fflur Wyn, Joshua Ellicott, and Ben McAteer will all appear as soloists, with David Hill conducting. Another collaboration sees Katherine Watson and Matthew Brook performing Christmas Oratorio together on 22 December at St John's Smith Square.

In addition to the many sacred and internationally acclaimed performance venues in the United Kingdom, festive performances can be be heard overseas.

Dane Lam will conduct Messiah in Queensland, Australia on 8 December and Langley Park's Christmas Concert on 16 December. Across the pond, Robin Blaze will perform the Christmas Oratorio in Minnesota and Ari Pelto will conduct a festive favourite, The Nutcracker, with the Saramento Ballet. Benjamin Bevan takes Messiah on a tour around Japan.

European performances include: a tour of Messiah in the Netherlands featuring Nick Pritchard and James Oxley; Christmas Oratorio in San Sebastian and Luxembourg with Andrew Parrot and Peter Harvey; Nicholas Kok, Andrew Kennedy and Nicholas Mogg in Messiah with the Orquesta de Valencia; Matthew Brook in Messiah in Norway; Christmas Oratorio in Riga featuring Nicholas Mulroy, and a family concert conducted by Julia Jones in Wuppertal, Germany.

A full calendar of Christmas events can be seen below:

30 NovNicholas KokSilent Night Opera North Leeds Town Hall
1 DecNicholas MulroyFinzi Dies Natalis Northern Chamber Orchestra Macclesfield Heritage Centre
Katherine Watson, Robin BlazeChristmas Oratorio Clare College, Cambridge Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge
3 DecSean ShibeMusica Adventus - concerts by candlelight Scottish Ensemble Tour of Scotland
6 DecMatthew Brook
Norweigian Wind Ensemble
Immanuels Kirke, Norway
Katherine Watson Messiah BBC National Orchestra of Wales St David's Hall, Cardiff
7 DecNicholas Mulroy, Laurence CummingsMessiahUlster OrchestraBelfast and Derry
8 DecDavid Hill, Caitlin Hulcup, Fflur Wyn, Joshua Ellicott, Ben McAteer Messiah Black Dyke Colliery Band Leeds Town Hall
Nick Pritchard, Benjamin Bevan, Mhairi Lawson Messiah Wells Cathedrial Oratoria Society Wells Cathedral
Dane LamMessiah Queensland Symphony Orchestra Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Paul Whelan, James Oxley, William TowersMessiah York Minster York Minster
Robin Blaze Christmas Oratorio Minnesota Orchestra Minnesota Orchestra Hall
9 DecJulia Jones Prokofiev Cinderella Sinfoineorchester Wuppertal Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal
Katherine Watson Handel Arias La Risonanza Cité de la Musique
12 DecNick Pritchard, Laurence CummingsBach Cantatas The English Concert St John's Smith Square
Nicholas McGeganMessiah Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Lighthouse, Poole
13 DecRobin Blaze Messiah Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra The Palladium, Carmel
Mhairi Lawson, Matthew Brook Messiah Oxford Philharmonic Sheldonian Theatre
14 DecAri Pelto The Nutcracker Sacramento Ballet The Community Centre Theater
15 DecNicholas MulroyChristmas Oratorio International Bachakademie Stuttgart Tour of Germany and Italy
Andrew Kennedy, Katherine Watson, Anna Harvey, Matthew Brook Messiah Salisbury Choral Foundation Salisbury Cathedral
Nick Pritchard, James Oxley Messiah Niewe Philharmonie Tour of the Netherlands
Dane LamChristmas ConcertWest Australian Symphony Orchestra Langley Park
16 DecCatriona Morison Messiah Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Festival Hall
Andrew Parrot, Peter Harvey Christmas Oratorio Le Concert Lorrain San Sebastian and Luxembourg
18 DecCatriona Morison Messiah Huddersfield Choral Society Huddersfield Town Hall
Matthew Brook Messiah Dunedin Consort Tour of Scotland
21 DecNicholas Kok, Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mogg Messiah Orquesta de Valencia Palau de la Musica de Valencia
Nick Pritchard, Anna Harvey Messiah Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Albert Hall
Fflur Wyn Carols by Candlelight Mozart Festival Orchestra & Chorus Central Hall Westminster and The Barbican
22 DecKatherine Watson, Matthew Brook Christmas Oratorio The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge St John's Smith Square
Nicholas Mogg, Joshua Ellicott Messiah Orquesta de Valencia Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla
Benjamin Bevan Messiah Bach Collegium Japan Tour of Japan
23 DecKatherine Watson, Matthew Brook Messiah Polyphony St John's Smith Square
Mhairi Lawson Baroque Christmas Concert Bristol Ensemble St George's, Bristol
Andrew Parrot Christmas Oratorio KlangVerwaltung Munich
28 DecNicholas MulroyChristmas Oratorio Latvijas Koncert Riga
5 JanKatherine Watson Messiah Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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