18:30 to 20:00 - December 7, 2023
St. James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

The Christmas for All Gala at St James, Piccadilly features the premiere of Will Todd's EVERY BETHLEHEM.

St. James writes:

We invite you to join us on Thursday 7 December for our annual hallmark red-carpet Gala: a star-studded concert taking place in the historic setting of St James’s Piccadilly in aid of our 2023 ‘Christmas for All’ appeal.

Kick off the Christmas season in exquisite style in the company of Tenebrae and the St James’s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Nigel Short; and US superstar countertenor John Holiday. With world premieres of two new choral and orchestral works – by renowned composers Debbie Wiseman OBE (Wolf Hall, Gospel Alleluias – The Coronation of HM King Charles III & Queen Camilla, The Glorious Garden) and Will Todd (The Call of Wisdom – HM the late Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Amazing Grace – President Obama’s Inauguration Day Service, The Call of Wisdom, Mass in Blue) – as well as all your Christmas favourites, interspersed with readings from some very special celebrity guests, this is really the only way to get in the Christmas spirit.

As well as enjoying a wonderful evening of Christmas music and readings you will be supporting our Christmas campaign: Christmas for All. This year our appeal is raising funds to support our work – and the work of The Passage in Westminster – with those experiencing homelessness. Please purchase your tickets below and, if you are able, give generously to the Christmas for All appeal.

The two new commissions:

Song of the Night Season
Words: Revd Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease
Music: Debbie Wiseman
Commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of Ottobah Cugoano

Every Bethlehem
Words: Rector Lucy Winkett
Music: Will Todd
Commissioned for the St James’s Songbook 2023