London isn’t short of candlelight concerts in incredible venues, but those concerts are going to need quite the venue to match Southwark Cathedral. The splendid house of worship is playing host to some truly mesmerising candlelight concerts, with the works of some modern greats streaming merrily to the rafters courtesy of some amazing live musicians. You’ll hear the likes of Taylor Swift, Coldplay, and ABBA, all as you’ve never heard them before.
The first of the Southwark Cathedral Candlelight concerts is a Tribute to Taylor Swift. If you’ve got a blank space in your calendar on August 5, 25 or 29, then this is just the thing to fill it. This Candlelight puts the chart-topping hits of the indisputably talented Taylor Swift on full show. You’ll be able to hear tracks such as Shake It Off, All Too Well, Wildest Dream and Cardigan, amongst others. But don’t expect the same old renditions of the tracks, you’ll get the familiar melodies but coming from the excellent City String Ensemble, all under the glow of candlelight. As they play you’ll no doubt be reciting the undeniably catchy lyrics in your head and blissfully enjoying the familiar melodies; this is truly the perfect way to pay tribute to the Grammy award-winning singer and will leave you thoroughly enchanted. Tickets available here.
Following this up is a show that will have you all Yellow…as you’re illuminated by candlelight – for a Coldplay Candlelight concert on August 11, if you were wondering. A talented group of musicians will treat you to a full hour of the familiar hits in Coldplay’s back catalogue, including Fix You, Don’t Panic, Sky Full Of Stars, and many, many more. Prepare to be whisked away to Paradise for the evening. Grab your tickets here.
On August 26, The Name Of The Game is the last of the Southwark Cathedral Candlelight concerts (for now) is a tribute concert to ABBA. The Swedish group took the world by storm and cemented their legacy and have continued to garner fans across the generations with their timeless hits. The musical icons, and Eurovision winners, will be getting the candlelight treatment with City String Ensemble giving their tracks a bit of a classical spin. Be ready to hear Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and so many more under the ambient glow of candlelight. You can get your tickets for this now.
Southwark Cathedral has stood since 1106, and has welcomed thousands of worshippers in that time. The magnificent cathedral is a brilliant spot for sermons and ceremonies – name another London cathedral that has its resident cat (the infamous Doorkins Magnificat) immortalised in statue form! – but the magnificent space becomes something else entirely when lit by the soft glow of candlelight, and filled with the sound of music. There’s no reason to wait on these, tickets are available for these shows now.
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