With its sea of candles, exceptionally-talented musicians and wide-ranging selection of concerts, Candlelight enchants and enthralls audiences all year round. But there’s just a little something extra in the air come Christmas time that truly brings the sensational series of live-music experiences into its own.
This December and New Year season, Sydney will be ho-ho-hosting a number of Candlelight concerts and, frankly, if you’re looking for a way to make this festive season a memorable one, then adding a Candlelight concert to your Christmas calendar will provide you with an unforgettable experience.
Whether on your own, with a mate, a group of friends, or a special someone, there’s a Candlelight concert to entertain everybody. Take a look below to see what’s coming up and which Candlelight will spark your Christmas spirit.
Home to one of the largest green walls in the Southern Hemisphere, the Calyx is at the heart of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and will once again be figuratively set alight.
After two sensational open-air concerts in November, the kaleidoscopic world returns as a stage for performances of Fantasy Film Scores on 23 December and A Night of Christmas Classics on Christmas Eve.
Surrounded by water, the Calyx Candlelight stage will glisten with the light of hundreds of candles and the dizzying array of colour provides the perfect backdrop for these two enchanting evenings in the lead-up to Christmas.
Go classical this Christmas
At Secret Sydney, we’re no classical music experts. However, we have seen that there is a certain something about classical music that enraptures the audiences at Candlelight. Something has to because the music of the classical music greats always returns to grace the candlelit stages dotted about the city.
This December, both Vivaldi and Chopin receive the Candlelight treatment and although you’ve most certainly heard their music before, it’s all but guaranteed to captivate. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” are rendered in such imaginative detail they bring forth memories without the need for words while Chopin’s compositions showcase “remarkable imagination for keyboard colour and texture” that they revolutionised piano music.
If that’s not enough, Candlelight Ballet adds pliés and pirouettes to the lyrical melodies of Tchaikovsky so Sydneysiders can get a taste of the magic of some of the world’s most famous ballets. Be dazzled by beautiful music and graceful movements for a Christmas to remember.
Soundtrack Christmas your way
Although Candlelight began with the classics, it has since turned contemporary to cover genres including pop and indie as well as film scores from famed movie composers like the Studio Ghibli musical genius Joe Hisaishi as well as the award-winning Hans Zimmer.
This summer season, Candlelight’s schedule includes tributes to Radiohead, Adele and Taylor Swift where their chart-topping hits are reimagined for string quartets as well as piano-cello duos. It’s your favourite songs but not as you’ve heard them before.
Merry Christmas in a beautifully-lit venue
At Candlelight, the candles surround the musicians, sway as if they’re dancing to the notes being played, and illuminate spaces unlike you’ve seen before. From the open-air Calyx concerts to the nave of St Stephen’s Uniting Church, the architecturally significant Sydney Masonic Centre and the heritage-listed Eveleigh at The Grounds, when will be the next time you get the chance to sit back in the light of hundreds of candles in one of these spaces?
The Candlelight gift card is the gift of a candlelit, live-music experience. They’re immensely popular and are capable of captivating all thanks to the broad range of genres that Candlelight celebrates. Whether the gift card is for a mate, a date, or for the family, they’ll be sure to find a concert that shines bright and catches their eye now or in the new year.
The atmosphere of hundreds of candles filling some of the city’s most beautiful and unique venues is a wondrous spectacle that amplifies the festive feeling. And, for the length of the 60-minute performance, the candle-music combo creates a parallel realm where audiences are carried away by each and every note played.
With tickets from as little as $30 depending on the concert, Candlelight is a night out that almost anybody can enjoy. And at Christmas, its hundreds of candles will spark the festive feeling in the air.