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A Christmas Celebration with John Rutter and the RPO

Thursday, 24 December 2020


Recorded at St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without John Rutter and his ever-popular concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and this year we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring this firm festive favourite directly to you, in the comfort of your own home.

World-renowned English composer and conductor John Rutter, acclaimed actor Simon Callow, celebrated vocal group VOCES8 and a stellar line-up of special guests all join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this unique online performance. Filmed exclusively for you in the historic surroundings of St Albans Cathedral, this architecturally stunning building, located in the heart of England’s Home Counties, provides the perfect Christmas setting.

Why not dress up, pour yourself a mulled wine, warm a mince pie and tune in for a very special Christmas Celebration, featuring your favourite carols, rousing fanfares, Yuletide classics and much more. A joyful event, guaranteed to fill you with Christmas sparkle and cheer!

John Rutter Conductor
Simon Callow Presenter
Melanie Marshall Mezzo-soprano
Roderick Williams Baritone
Andrew Lucas Organ
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ticket information

Tickets are just £10 each (with additional donation options available) and are on sale here.

These are difficult times for all of us, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is no exception, but resilience is one of the RPO’s values and we remain optimistic and resolute in our determination to emerge from this crisis. Your support at this critical time would be hugely appreciated. If you are able and willing to pay a little more for your streaming ticket, we should be extremely grateful. Thank you.

Once you have bought your ticket(s) you will also be given the option to buy tickets as a seasonal gift for friends and family. This will appear in your email confirmation and will say:
If you are purchasing this item as a gift please email us here and let us know the email address you would like to give access to, along with your Order ID.

Please make sure your or your gift recipients check inbox junk or spam folders for these confirmation emails. 

If you need assistance or have any questions about booking online please visit: or email your query to


The comfort of your own home!


The performance will be available to watch until 24th December by booking your tickets here
Once you have purchased your ticket, click here for technical information and FAQs


With so many concerts cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Orchestra was thrilled to be able to record this unique production at the end of October in the stunning surroundings of St Albans Cathedral (complying fully with regional restrictions and social distancing regulations) and is proud to be able to share it with online audiences worldwide.

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