Strictly star joins forces with Halle

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Classical music fans are in for a treat at the Royal Concert Hall this week, courtesy of one of the top orchestras in the country.

The Halle Christmas Concert is taking place there on Wedenesday, December 18, starting at 7.30pm.

The concert will be conducted by Roderick Dunk and will see the Halle performing a wide selection of Christmas-themed pieces.

Putting some swing into the festive concert will be solo singer Lance Ellington.

His smooth vocals have graced several albums and soundtracks and he will be familiar to millions for his many solo spots with the band on the hit BBC 1 show Strictly Come Dancing.

He will performing seasonal songs by the likes of Irving Berlin and Mel Torme.

As for the rest of the programme, this will feature the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov’s energetic Dance Of The Tumblers, Waldteufel’s graceful The Skater’s Waltz, Faure’s haunting and beautiful short work Pavane.

In his centenary year, there is also Men Of Goodwill, Benjamin Britten’s imaginative take on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, plus some glittering film music from Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Alan Silvestri (Suite from The Polar Express).

You can also enjoy extracts from the score to Tchaikovsky’s much-loved ballet The Nutcracker, and Leroy Anderson’s overture A Christmas Festival, a tuneful offering packed with many of your festive favourites.

Tickets to see The Halle Christmas Concert are £10-£32 and are available by calling the box office at the Royal Centre on 0115 9895555.

The rest of the week at the venue is a busy one.

On Friday, December 13, Only Men Aloud are in concert there.

The acclaimed Welsh singers return as an eight-piece vocal ensemble, with a special guest appearance from 11-year old rising star Jack Topping

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £19.50-£35.

On Monday, December 16, The Bootleg Beatles will be giving a performance in a show that starts at 8pm.

They will be recreating every tiny detail of a Beatles’ concert in meticulous detail - from costumes, period instruments and witty banter to their inflection perfect vocal mimicry of The Fab Four

Tickets cost £23.50-£27.50.

Finally, on Thursday, December 19, you can see The Best Of The West End at Christmas.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £16-£25.

Four outstanding West End artists, Robyn North, Jacqui Scott, Scott Davies and Michael Xavier - accompanied by the West End Theatre Orchestra – perform show-stopping songs from West End and Broadway musicals plus a little extra Christmas spirit.

Ticket availability for all of the above performances can be obtained from the box office on 0115 9895555.