It's nearly Christmas so I thought we could head to St John's Smith Square for an evening of carols and festive music in the company of the Parliament Choir and the London Chamber Brass conducted by Simon Over.
We'll need to get our own tickets, so we won't be sitting together, but I will email my mobile phone number to everyone who RSVPs so those who want to meet after the concert can contact me and I can let you know where. It's going to be a great evening. Hope to see you there.
Ticket prices are £25, £17 and £10. They are available from St John's Smith Square on[masked] or on-line at www.sjss.org.uk. Booking fees £2.00 by telephone, £1.50 on-line.
DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH!
Join the Parliament Choir for a fun evening of carols, choral works and festive readings in the wonderful surroundings of St John's Smith Square.
The musical feast - which will be recorded for broadcast by Classic FM - will feature the London Chamber Brass and will be conducted by Simon Over.
With plenty of opportunity to join in the festive singing, you can enjoy a lighthearted and uniquely parliamentary approach to Christmas.
If you want to eat before the concert, the cafe and restaurant in the Crypt at St John's Smith Square will be open for two hours before the event for buffet and a la carte dining.
Founded in 2000 for those – MPs, Peers and staff – who work in the Palace of Westminster, the Parliament Choir now has over 120 full members united across traditional party divides by the common love of choral singing. The Parliament Choir has sung with many leading soloists including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Emma Kirkby and with some of the finest young singers at the beginning of their careers. It has performed in some of the country’s most spectacular buildings, among them Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, York Minster, Coventry Cathedral and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
In 2010 the Choir celebrated its tenth anniversary with a landmark concert in the historic Westminster Hall within the Palace of Westminster and two sell-out performances of Britten’s War Requiem: in Coventry Cathedral (on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the cathedral) and in Westminster Cathedral.
In 2012 the Choir performed a medley, specially arranged by Parliament's composer-in-residence Nicholas O'Neill, at the Commonwealth Carnival of Music, an international celebration for the Diamond Jubilee held in Westminster Hall.
How to find St John's Smith Square
I look forward to seeing you there for a great evening and a wonderful start to the festive season.