Your Christmas gifts problems solved here

Christmas is coming (soon) and those presents won’t buy themselves! But we’re nice people here at Town Hall & Symphony Hall so we’ve tried to make it a bit easier for you by suggesting some great concerts for friends and family. Here are our top ten treats:

  • For the sports fanatic…
    Football commentator extraordinaire, John Motson shares anecdotes and stories from over 40 years behind the mic (Town Hall, 13 February)
  • For Beethoven fans everywhere…
    A superb double-bill of Beethoven’s ninth symphony – with its famous Ode to Joy – and the Emperor Concerto (soloist: Danny Driver) from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Royal Wedding conductor, Christopher Warren-Green(Symphony Hall, 30 December)
  • For young animal lovers…
    Michaela Strachan is your guide through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes with poetry, music, dance and animal facts (Town Hall, 17 Feb)
  • For the jazz enthusiast…
    A double helping of fine jazz pianists as Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays classical and jazz in work from Steve Reich and Philip Glass plus some of their own compositions (Town Hall, 21 Feb)
  • For digeridoo devotees…
    It’s the master of them all – Rolf Harris – with stories, songs and possibly the world’s biggest digeridoo. Rolf will also paint a special portrait live on stage (Symphony Hall, 23 March)
  • For folk, roots and Americana fans…
    Artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson join Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas and the ultimate house band for Transatlantic Sessions(Symphony Hall, 7 Feb)
  • For anyone into dance – that’s clog, sword and morris, to B-boying, popping and krump (!)…
    The brainchild of the Demon Barbers, ‘The Lock In’ pits traditional and new dance forms in a dynamic dance-off (Town Hall, 1 Mar)
  • For hero worshippers…
    From Harry Potter and Superman to Robin Hood and James Bond – all right, not in person, but a fantastic evening of theme tunes and soundtracks of Ultimate Movie Heroes(Symphony Hall, 29 Dec) _ [and for a limited time only there are special discounts for children, subject to availability]_
  • For indie-folk-rockers…
    The Celtic songstress Amy MacDonald sings real tales of real lives and takes inspiration from events around the world (Symphony Hall, 1 March)
  • For Viennese whirls…
    The Johann Strauss dancers recreate the elegance of the ballroom to the strains of the Viennese waltz in ‘One Night in Vienna’, with favourites from Strauss, Lehar and Tchaikovsky (Symphony Hall, 1 Jan)
  • And if you still can’t decide…
    How about a THSH gift membership – heaps of benefits and special discounts for a whole year for just £15 – or a THSH gift voucher so you don’t have to make the choice yourself.

We will aim for pre-Christmas delivery for all orders placed before Tuesday 18 December.

And if all else fails, there’s always socks!

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