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The Height of Winter at The View from The Shard – 23rd November 2015 to 31st January 2016

The Height of Winter immersive experience at The Shard Viewing Gallery

You could be ‘walking in the air’ at The View from The Shard with the Bompas & Parr creation, ‘The Height of Winter’. Bompas & Parr have worked with composers, perfumers and academics to create one of the most romantic places in the world, at the top of The Shard.

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The View from The Shard has been transformed for winter with super-scaled crystals, gem-studded snow dunes and a touch-responsive iridescent grotto. The Bompas & Parr installation aims to stimulate the senses whilst looking at the views at an altitude of 800ft.

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If you feel slightly chilly, there are number of edible treats available to purchase on The View from The Shard’s Level 72 Skydeck including Snow White Hot Chocolate (£3.40), Mulled Champagne (£10) and Christmas Candy Floss (£2.50).

The Height of Winter immersive experience at The Shard Viewing Gallery

Visitors can experience the installation with standard entry to the visitor attraction until 31 January 2016. Tickets for The View from The Shard are priced from £25.95 per adult.

If you would like further information or book a ticket, visit  The View from The Shard website here

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All you need to know about the London New Year’s Day Parade – 1st January 2016

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After the New Year Eve celebrations in London, events for New Years Day always seem a little low key. However the London New Year’s Day Parade has grown considerably from its origins in 1987.

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The Parade offers an eclectic mix of pageantry, marching bands and contributions from all of the London Boroughs. Over 8,500 performers representing 20 countries world-wide will assemble for the 2016 Parade.

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There is always a number of American marching bands and cheerleaders who add a bit of razzmatazz to the proceedings. Although many people may be suffering hangovers from the night before, the parade regularly attracts crowds of two thirds of a million and has a large worldwide television audience.

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The Parade starts at 12 midday on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street near Green Park Tube Station and finishes at 3.30 pm in Parliament Square. The Parade route is – Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.

An important part of the parade is raising money for charity and various charities have benefitted over the years. This year there will be series of concerts before and after the event involving a selection of bands and orchestras performing in different venues

For more information visit the London New Year’s Day Parade website here

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London New Year’s Eve Firework Display – 31st December 2015

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The London New Year’s Eve Firework Display is one of the iconic events in London of the year. It is without doubt, London’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve event, and one of the greatest celebrations of its kind in the world. At the stroke of midnight , Big Ben chimes and London’s night skies light up with a display of stunning pyrotechnics.

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In recent years the event has been a victim of its own success with large crowds creating a number of issues. Last year it was decided to have specific areas that would be ticketed. This was considered a great success and the money raised was given to charity. This year the event has a partnership with Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

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Most the tickets have been sold but there will be limited number available made available after December 3rd.

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Tickets are £10 and you can book up to four per person. Please note, different viewing area tickets are available – a Blue area, Red area, White area and Green area. If you are coming to the event with friends, make sure you book the same viewing area as you cannot move between them.  The event has now introduced a new viewing area for this year’s event – the Pink area.

There will be no pedestrian access across the river before or after the event, so please consider carefully which viewing area will be most convenient to travel to and from when buying your ticket.

PINK AREA tickets provide access to Waterloo Bridge, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

BLUE AREA tickets cover the stretch of the Embankment from Westminster Bridge to Embankment Underground station, which can only be accessed from the north side of the river Thames (the side opposite to the Coca-Cola London Eye).

RED AREA tickets cover the stretch of the Embankment from Embankment Underground station to Temple Underground Station, which can only be accessed from the north side of the river Thames (the side opposite to the Coca-Cola London Eye).

WHITE AREA tickets provide access to Westminster Bridge, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

GREEN AREA tickets cover the area behind the Coca-Cola London Eye, which can only be reached via the south side of the river Thames.

Important note: You will be allocated an entrance point into your chosen viewing area. This will be printed on your ticket.

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Whether you’re attending the fireworks display or celebrating at another event, remember that London will be very busy on New Year’s Eve. Public transport will operate differently to normal with planned engineering works and station closures, and travelling on foot will be more difficult due to large crowds and diversion routes. Many central London Bridges will start to close from 2pm on New Year’s Eve (with all closed by 4pm).

There will also be a number of road closures in central London on 31 December. Transport for London will be providing free travel all night on all its public transport services, from 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4:30am on New Year’s Day. Free travel does not apply on most National Rail services.

For more information on tickets, visit the See tickets website here

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Wild Card — Leila McMillan: this way, that way at Sadler’s Wells – 3rd December 2015

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Sadler’s Wells presents the latest edition of Wild Card, the unique initiative which opens the stage to enable dance makers and artists the opportunity to present their own programmes of dance. Wild Card offers specially curated evenings that features new approaches to choreography and explores different ways to broadening audiences’ perspectives on dance.

On the 3rd of December, California-born, London-based, choreographer, teacher and performer Leila McMillan offers up an evening in the Lilian Baylis Studio, featuring her own work alongside international artists. Although McMillan was born and raised in Southern California, she does have connections with Sadler’s Wells, her grandmother was a ballerina in the corps de ballet at Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company in the 1940s. She is one the few internationally certified artists teaching Flying Low and Passing Through which is a contemporary dance training style developed by the Venezuelan dancer and choreographer David Zambrano.

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The evening includes an extract from McMillan’s new work Family Portrait which explores the complexities of family relationships dealing with love, humour, dysfunction and harmony. The improvisation which incorporates live music by Domenico Angarano, was inspired by the McMillan’s discovery of an old family portrait from the 1920s.

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The second piece Lucid, choreographed and performed by international dance company Jukstapoz (Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman ) comprises an extract from a longer piece, Vicious Cycles developed in 2014. The work sets out to discover ways of breaking free from the vicious cycle of eternal repetition.

McMillan is a co-founder of Muxima which runs an art and culture café/spaces in East London. Muxima will curate an exhibition and live music as a part of the evening, featuring performances from Aidan Connell.

If you would like further information or book a ticket, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 4th December 2015

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A programme of supernatural-inspired works from Tchaikovsky, Judith Bingham, and a UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Woman of the Apocalypse, under celebrated conductor Marin Alsop.

James Macmillan composed his colourful Woman of the Apocalypse for Alsop’s own festival in Cabrillo, California. It evokes the mystical appearance of an angelic woman at times of crisis, whilst Judith Bingham’s dramatic oboe concerto, The Angel of Mons, depicts just such a shimmering vision, this time at the Battle of Mons, performed by the peerless Nicholas Daniel. It is the ‘inscrutable predesination of fate’ that haunts Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony, transforming tragedy to triumph.

Programme

James MacMillan Woman of the Apocalypse (UK Premiere)
Judith Bingham  The Angel of Mons
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E minor

Performers

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conductor
Nicholas Daniel oboe

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 11th December 2015

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Chief conductor Sakari Oramo leads the ascent of two great orchestral mountains by Hovhaness and Strauss, which frame a delightful new percussion concerto.

Mysterious Mountain is one of Alan Hovhaness’s best-loved works, a symphony of spiritual transcendence and the perfect foil to Strauss’s grandly ambitious alpine adventure. Dubbed ‘the world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ Colin Currie is the dedicatee of Switch, a new work from the exciting young American composer Andrew Norman.

Programme

Hovhaness Symphony No 2, Mysterious Mountain
Andrew Norman Switch (BBC co-commission; UK Premiere)
Strauss An Alpine symphony

Performers

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Colin Currie percussion

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Andris Nelsons/Hakan Hardenberger at the Royal Festival Hall – 6th December 2015

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In the first half of the concert, soloist Håkan Hardenberger opens his series The Trumpet Shall Sound with a performance of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s jazz-inspired trumpet concerto.

Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony is the last symphony the composer completed. Although the symphony was slow to enter the orchestral repertoire, it is now considered one of his greatest works. It is conducted here by Andris Nelsons, the recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Programme

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Nobody knows de trouble I see (Trumpet Concerto)
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Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.8

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor
Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank centre website here

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