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It all started as a small affair with six concerts at St. Martins-in-the-Field. Five years later, the Brandenburg Festival has become the biggest choral celebration in London. It will feature seventy concerts back to back (or should I say Bach to Bach?), across nine fabulous venues, including The Temple Church, National Portrait Gallery, St. Clement Danes, King's College Chapel, The Queen's Chapel of Savoy, Corpus Christi, St. John's in Waterloo, St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, and the festival's birthplace, St. Martins-in-the-Field.

The Festival runs from the 30th December - 5th May, starting with a traditional concert of Handel's Messiah by Candlelight, in which audience participation is encouraged.

There are other opportunities to get involved as well. For example, on the 22nd February, Come and Sing Eternal Light is a fantastic opportunity to learn a modern classic requiem under the tutelage of Howard Goodall. It costs 20 for the workshop and 5 for audience members. Tickets for paid events rage from 5-33, but there are a number of free gigs as well. These include performances at the National Portrait Gallery as part of their Late Shift Series, and jazz nights at the Crypt in St. Martins-in-the-Field.

One of the most anticipated events is the Festival Fringe Club Night, which takes place at a secret location. There will be four parties that includes music from the jazz scene, pop world, gospel, musical theatre, and barbershop. Look out for performers such as Blue, Inner Voice, Kitsch in Synch, and more. You have to be a member to attend, which can be done by calling 07528 776625, and costs 12 per night.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 30th Dec-5th May
Phone: 44 1372 209817
Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Clement Danes, Temple Church, Corpus Christi Maiden Lane, National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Free
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