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The 10 best performances that herald Christmas with compelling story-telling, grand choruses and spectacular solos sung by the finest artists
Carols, traditional songs, uplifting instrumentals and rousing choruses to herald the festive season
From 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' to Handel's 'Messiah', this week of seasonal music has something for everyone
Players and singers in 18th-century attire bring to life the London-based world of composer Handel
In the Know
There's something for everyone in a week of Christmas music
Handel made London his home, and not so far from where he lived his music is still played in the manner he would have known
Messiah is often sung and played by enormous forces, but smaller ensembles like this bring an electrifying directness and pace to the great oratorio
It's familiar and frequently performed, but we can't help but feel Christmassy when we hear Handel's Messiah