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Welcome to the festive season! December can traditionally be pretty quiet in the arts scene but this year quite a few organisations are getting into the Christmas spirit.

The WA Symphony Orchestra are joining with the sensational vocal quartet The Idea of North on December 8th for a celebration of Christmas music that will be all smooth grooves and sizzling harmonies.

The orchestra will also wind up their Classics series in quite sumptuous style on the 1st/2nd December with Asher Fisch conducting Strauss’s A Hero’s Life plus two of Brahms’ poetic works for choir and orchestra. Dive a little deeper and come to the preconcert talk where I will share more of the romantic magic of Strauss and Brahms.

Finally WASO will finish the year with a bang with Perth’s largest free outdoor classical music concert. The Symphony in the City is on the 16th at Langley Park and will feature favourite classics by Strauss, Handel, Copland and John Williams finishing of course with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a fireworks display.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah courtesy of Perth Symphonic Chorus. The concert on December 3rd features a star-studded line-up of soloists including UK soprano Miriam Allen, German mezzo Deborah Humble, tenor Andrew Goodwin and bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

WA Ballet’s Peter Pan continues into December – if you haven’t taken your children/grandies along yet don’t worry, the season runs until December 10th.

On the 13th the WA Youth Orchestra will star in the final Morning Melodies at His Maj Join the orchestra and some special guest vocalists as they celebrate the Christmas season with a showcase of Yuletide favourites. As always morning tea is included.

The 13th and 14th UWA Winthrop Singers will present two Carols Services on the 13th and 14th at St Georges College Chapel. On the 22nd Voyces chorale are presenting their Christmas Concert accompanied by a brass quintet (how lovely!).

And finally on the 31st  Mark Coughlan returns with the Vienna Pops New Years Eve Concert. The concert at Winthrop Hall will feature Paul O’Neill, champagne and lots of other festivities.

And that’s a wrap – another year of music and arts in Perth drawing to a close. I hope you enjoyed it all as much as I did!