It’s Violin Day all day today, don’t you know, and thus the perfect day to go experience William Christie and Les Arts Florissants’ recital of Handel’s bacchanalian oratorio ‘Belhshazzar’ at the Barbican this evening.
Either that, or one/all of the following alternative albeit violin-lite cultural goings-on…
TODAY’S CABARET CHOICES
Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, 13-30 Dec (pictured)
Cabaret artiste Meow Meow strikes a “deliciously dark” pose as Hans Christian Andersen’s titular Swan Vesta-seller, playing to the fable’s sad and sinister themes with “humour and heartache, pathos and irreverence”. Book tickets at this page.
TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES
Comedy At The Duke – Xmas Charity Special, Duke Of Wellington, 13 Dec
The Pappy’s elves present a tinsel-swathed charity gala starring Sara Pascoe, Nick Helm and Nathaniel Metcalfe. Spare tickets, profits from which will go towards KIDS, are available here.
Impropera’s Festive Fandango, Hall Two at Kings Place, 13 Dec
Improv-prone opera types Impropera concoct a Christmas-spiced blend of carols and seasonal sing-songs all the family will savour. Tickets and info here.
TODAY’S MUSIC CHOICES
Bella Union Christmas Service, Union Chapel, 13 Dec
London label Bella Union has arranged a special Christmas Service again this year, featuring live sets by dream-pop quartet Pale Seas, Manchester’s MONEY and synth minimalists G R E A T W A V E S, the event will also feature “prizes, drinks, merriment and lots of Bella Union goodies”. So, that’s festive. Buy tickets here.
TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES
Julien Cottereau - Imagine Toi, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, 13-24 Dec
Cirque du Soleil clown-gone-solo and Julien Cottereau mimes into being a magical realm of princesses, wild beasts and erm… chewing gum, for ages four and over. Tickets here.