Your guide to Christmas carol concerts across Norfolk and Suffolk

The 2015 EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich. The Festival Choir in full voice.PHOTO

The 2015 EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich. The Festival Choir in full voice.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Carols, jingles and seasonal favourites, there is nothing better to lift the spirits than a Christmas carol concert and here's our round up the concerts taking place over the next few days.

The 2015 EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The 2015 EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Mid Norfolk

• Joyful Christmas Concert

Wymondham Abbey, December 12, 7.30pm, £12, £5 under-16s), 01953 602297, wymondhamchoralsociety.org.uk

Wymondham Choral Society give their Christmas Concert. They will be performing Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo; Purcell: Te Deum and Vivaldi: Magnificat. A variety of carols with some singing.

North Norfolk

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• Lead Me to See Him

St Nicholas Church, North Walsham, December 12, 7pm, £5, under-16s free, 01692 400080, www.theatrium.org.uk

Christmas choral spectacular from The Men and Boys choir of St Nicholas, North Walsham, an exciting recital of Christmas music across the ages, interspersed with festive readings and carols for all.

• Sheringham Carol Concert

St Peter's Church, Sheringham, December 17, 7.30pm, £5 on door

Sheringham's annual festive musical extravaganza, a chance to sing your favourite carols. Those taking part include Sheringham Salvation Army Band, Choirs from the various churches, Sheringham Church organ, and many others.

• Winter Warmers

The Old Chapel, South Creake, December 12, 3pm, £10, 01328 823501, yorketrust.org

Tenor Lawrence Thackeray and pianist Yu Su perform an early seasonal programme including Schubert, Ravel, Fauré, Respighi and Gershwin. Plus mulled wine!

Norwich area

• Cathedral Choir Christmas

Norwich Cathedral, December 11, 7.30pm, £18-£12, £5 under-18s sitting in side aisles, 01603 218323, catheral.org.uk

The boy and girl choristers and gentlemen of Norwich Cathedral Choir celebration with carols for choir and audience. A feast of Christmas music sacred and secular.

• Christmas Carol Concert

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, December 17, 6pm, retiring collection, www.redballoonlearner.org

Norwich charity Red Balloon's free annual carol concert with Lord Mayor of Norwich. This year's include performances from Musicality, the Hethersett singers and Invidia Voices.

• Festival of Carols

St John the Baptist Cathedral, Earlham Road, Norwich, December 11, 7.30pm, admission free, www.emmaus.org.uk

Emmaus Norwich seasonal event with music from Notre Dame High School and Diocesan choirs, plus contributions from Terry Waite, Bishop Alan Hopes and Sister Pamela.

• Handel Messiah

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, December 17, 7.30pm, £30-£8, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Handel's remarkable oratorio Messiah, with its vivid portrayal of biblical scenes and high emotional charge, is staple 'fare' in many people's Christmas musical diet. Britten Sinfonia are joined by a stellar quartet of soloists for a festive performance that is sure to be both thrilling and jubilant.

• Norwich Harmony

City Academy, Norwich, December 12, 7pm, more details via 01603 57805

Norwich Harmony, recently acclaimed at the National Convention of the Ladies British Barbershop Singers, joined by Fine City Chorus, Norwich's male chorus, for songs from the 1920s to the present and festive favourites.

• The King's Men

Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, December 18, 7.30pm, £15 (£12 cons), www.sjbcathedral.org.uk

Special concert by the famous choral scholars of King's College, Cambridge. Classics plus festive music sung as you have never heard it performed before.

West Norfolk

• Mediaeval Baebes

St Nicholas' Chapel, St Anne's Street, King's Lynn, December 13, 8pm, £20, www.kingslynnchristmas.co.uk

Ensemble Mediaeval Baebes perform in one of the UK's most magnificent Sacred Spaces. Performing Christmas carol classics from their top 10 album, Kings & Angels, as well as other contemporary and traditional songs, it will be a festive musical journey through the ages.

• Star Carols

St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn, December 12, 5pm, £12, under-18s free, 01553 764864, kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk

King's Lynn Festival Chorus joined by children from St Martha's Catholic Primary School in singing carols and other seasonal songs.

Suffolk

• Candlelit Christmas

The Cut, Halesworth, December 17, 7.30pm, £12, £5 under-16s, 0845 6732123, www.newcut.org

Virtuoso guitarist Richard Durrant brings his Christmas show with the evocative and wintry sound of early music from Christian, pagan and folk traditions as well as Durrant originals. Singer Amy Kakoura joins him for their third consecutive Christmas tour.

• Carols By Candlelight

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 15, 7.30pm, £19, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

The Locrian Ensemble's annual Christmas show in lavish period costume, and in front of an evocative candlelit setting. Carols, string medleys of Christmas tunes and seasonal surprises. They are joined by Jill Washington, who sings tunes from Handel's Messiah to White Christmas accompanied by strings and harp.

• Christmas Brass

Beccles Public Hall, December 11, 7.30pm, £8 (£7 cons), 01502 770062, www.becclespublichall.org.uk

Back by popular demand, Great Yarmouth Brass returns to Beccles Public Hall. There will be performing a wide range of music from classics to festive faves.

• Radio Suffolk Carol Concert

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, December 13, 7pm, £12.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

Celebration with readings from BBC Radio Suffolk presenters, music from the Cathedral choir, the Seckford Brass Ensemble, Honey and the Bear and the VIP Accapella Chorus, plus join in carols.

• Viennese Christmas Gala

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, December 12, 7.30pm, £26.50 (£24.50 cons), 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk

A festive evening of the best of music from Vienna played by the full British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Soloists include soprano Marilyn Hill Smith and Jeremy Peaker from Opera North. Sing-along to some traditional carols.