We can picture it now: it’s December 18, night has fallen on Manchester and a dusting of frost has settled on twinkling Christmas lights. You look up at the tower – where moonlight illuminates the bold lettering of Albert Hall on stained glass windows – before pulling off your woolly gloves, unwinding your scarf and heading inside, ready for an evening of enchanting classical music performed in the glow of candlelight. If you’ve been trying to think of a romantic date idea or have found yourself running low on Christmas spirit, this festive Candlelight concert could be the answer.
Once you’ve settled into your seat you’ll be treated to an array of classics from the musical minds of Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Schubert and Humperdinck. Close your eyes as flickering candlelight dances across your face and let the pirouetting Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and wondrous Waltz of The Flowers play out in your imagination with the music. The timeless pieces will be performed by a talented string ensemble and amazing pianist, with rumoured special guests soon to be announced.
This Candlelight Holiday Special will unfold in the iconic Manchester gem, Albert Hall. The once-forgotten chapel – initially built as a Methodist central hall in 1908 – was transformed into a nightclub between 1999 and 2011, before being refurbished and renovated in 2013 as a venue for music concerts. A combination of Gothic and Baroque style have shaped the historic building. An ornate terracotta facade and grand windows make up the eye-catching exterior, while inside gilded swirls decorate the vaulted ceiling of the main hall and floral motifs adorn glazed tiles. When you arrive at the concert make sure you take a moment to soak up the intricate grandeur before grabbing a drink from the fully stocked bar.
The concert will be 65-minutes of famously festive compositions that’ll leave you dying to deck your halls with boughs of holly. Make sure to grab tickets now, so you can count yourself among the crowds spilling out of Albert Hall on that wintery night – all fighting the sudden urge to dust off some of those corny Christmas decorations they had hidden at the back of their cupboard.