Sky Arts to create live Christmas advent calendar

Singer Pixie Lott and violinist Tasmin Little are among the line-up of acts to feature in a new Christmas-themed activation from Sky Arts at Westfield Stratford next month.

Pixie Lott will perform sporadically at Sky Arts' Christmas Window Live experience
Pixie Lott will perform sporadically at Sky Arts' Christmas Window Live experience

The Christmas Window Live experience, being produced by Princess Productions, will consist of a real-time, live series of performances taking place in the shop window. A series of unique and spontaneous performances from those from the world of theatre, music and art will happen every evening between 1 and 13 December, excluding Sunday 7 December.

Performances will include dance displays, readings from well-known actors, rock performances and a capella singing. Each of the 15-minutes performances will be broadcast live on Sky Arts, along with a one-hour compilation episode offering the best bits from the 12 days.

Other acts set to take to the Christmas Window Live stage include New Zealand musical trio Sole Mio, Alexandra Burke with the London International Gospel Choir, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Michael Ball, Laura Wright, Stomp, and John Hurt with the St Martin In The Fields Orchestra.

Philip Edgar-Jones, director, Sky Arts, said: "We’re adding an extra treat to go with your advent chocolate in early December: live performances from pop princesses and beautiful ballerinas; readings from Christmas telly favourites and some of the stage and screen’s most-loved stars. Wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate and gather, as the curtain goes up for The Christmas Window Live."

Emma Hardy, managing director of Princess Productions, added: "We’re delighted to be producing these Christmas offerings for Sky Arts and The Christmas Window Live will be full of fantastic performances that capture such a joyous time of year."

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