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Carols at the Royal Albert Hall in London

The decorations are up, the presents wrapped and the cards posted, but it still doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I’m listening to carols at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s become a family tradition that each year we head up to London for a Christmas concert. We always have the same seats – behind the orchestra and so close to the choir that we could almost be part of it (though maybe not if they heard my singing voice). It’s the perfect vantage point to look out over this spectacular building, opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria as a memorial to her husband Albert. Each Christmas the Albert Hall hosts a series of different festive events, so you can have carols by candlelight, singalong yourself or leave it to the professionals. But we always go for the concert with composer John Rutter, and come out of it ready for Christmas to start.

Christmas carols at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Inside the Royal Albert Hall, London
John Rutter conducting
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London
Choir at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
John Rutter Christmas carols, Royal Albert Hall, London

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    spontaneouslittletravelbuddy
    December 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Reblogged this on Spontaneous Little Travel Buddy.

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    Suzanne Courtney
    December 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    What a lovely way to get that Christmassy feeling going! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy year in 2014 πŸ™‚

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      It’s great, you can’t help coming out feeling festive. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas too and a very happy New Year!

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    amaatk123
    December 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Oh that must be fantastic. So envious.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions – and such a gorgeous setting!

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    inavukic
    December 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Nice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you – and hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year too!

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    Browsing the Atlas
    December 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This would definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. Concerts like this give me chills of excitement.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      The choir did give me chills down the back of my neck, such a beautiful sound. Have a lovely Christmas!

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    tesorotreasures
    December 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What a beautiful Christmas tradition! Merry Christmas!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you – and hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year too!

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    Jen
    December 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Lucky! That sounds like an awesome Christmas tradition!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks, it’s one of my favourites – can’t help getting into the Christmas spirit!

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    Alison
    December 24, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Beautiful photos! Do they allow you to take photos during the performance? They are very strict about that here in the US.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      As long as you didn’t use flash it was fine – though I did take most shots at the end or between songs and definitely not in a quiet patch!

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    travelecstasy
    December 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the sunshine award! Keep on blogging!
    http://travelecstacy.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/sunshine-award/

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much for the nomination – and have a very happy new year!

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