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Temple Winter Festival

December, 2018 | Tour Director: Richard Wigmore


  • Exquisite musical performances weave around historical visits as we delve into one of London’s most beautiful, ancient and enigmatic districts – Temple
  • We will take our seats in the historical Temple Church for magical concerts from eminent musicians, absorbing the festive atmosphere
  • Discover the heritage of this fascinating district, with a focus on London’s artistic society at the time when some of the finest choral and classical music was first composed and performed


In the heart of historic London, Temple Church – established by the Knights Templar in the 12th century – lies hidden behind the lively walls of Fleet Street. Originally chapel to the Templars’ London headquarters, the church, which famously boasts a round design evoking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, later became the shared religious home of two colleges of lawyers; and this remarkable structure has altogether witnessed over 800 years of history.

Complementing its central role within the legal world of the Middle and Inner Temples, the church’s beautiful acoustics and renowned organ – recently described by composer Hans Zimmer as “one of the most magnificent organs in the world” – regularly enchant concert-goers. Every December, the Temple Winter Festival, established by Cambridge-based classical music agency Hazard Chase and the Temple Music Foundation, in association with BBC Radio 3, delivers a magical five-day celebration of both festive and year-round music. 

Our three-day tour is based around several of these concerts, and offers an opportunity to hear some of the country’s most eminent musicians in one of our capital’s most extraordinary religious structures. Past performers have included the BBC Singers, organist Greg Morris and The Tallis Scholars.

Temple’s surrounding buildings are no less captivating, encompassing evocative courts, historical passages and tranquil gardens. We hope to explore the unique heritage of the wider district, drawing parallels between the festival repertoire and London society of the time at which some of the pieces were composed. Visits to Dr Johnson’s House and Sir John Soane’s Museum will provide insights into contemporaneous activities and advances in the spheres of literature, architecture and art collecting, creating a rich context for the musical performances. 

This tour will be led by Richard Wigmore, MA, AGSM. A writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer, Richard contributes to Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and frequently appears on Radio 3’s Record Review.

Full details, including the cost and itinerary, will be released in spring 2018. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.


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Full details relased in 2018. 

Some itinerary details may be subject to change. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.




Richard Wigmore, MA, AGSM, is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer. He contributes to Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine among other journals, and frequently appears on Radio Three’s CD Review.