12 Nov 15
Let the countdown to Christmas begin. On Sunday 15 November, the festive season officially starts when Darcey Bussell turns on ‘Timeless Elegance’, the brand new Regent Street Christmas Lights sponsored by Jo Malone London. This will be a glamorous evening to remember, a world-first brought to you by The Crown Estate, the Regent Street Association, Jo Malone London and Classic FM.
Hosted by Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Aled Jones, the star-studded show begins at 6pm. Myleene Klass said: "Classic FM is the home of Christmas music, so Aled and I are really looking forward to officially launching the festive season on one of the world’s most famous shopping streets. London, let the countdown begin!"
The Strictly Come Dancing judge and former prima ballerina, currently storming the charts with her compilation album ‘The Darcey Bussell Ballet Collection’, will pull the switch at approximately 6.30pm to launch Christmas across the capital.
Darcey Bussell said: “I am honoured to be invited to switch on the world famous Regent Street Lights. It promises to be a spectacular evening as we celebrate the start of Christmas in London. A time to get together and to think of others.
Setting the scene for a magical occasion, the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open the event, delivering a show-stopping performance of ‘Pure Imagination’. Fresh from her performance at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, British soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade, will sing a stunning rendition of ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Conducted by Nicholas Dodd, the Philharmonia Orchestra will then perform a brand new piece of music created by Pierre Mussche from Musicom in collaboration with acclaimed lighting designers Koert Vermeulen and Julie Boniche from ACT Lighting Design. The piece has been exclusively written for the Regent Street Christmas Lights switch-on and will set the scene for an enchanting occasion.
As the Philharmonia Orchestra plays, the live music will create a magical immersive experience, which will lead up to the switch-on moment. The lights will gradually move and sparkle in time with the music and for the first time, Regent Street’s Christmas Lights will feature video animations and projections. The unique and dazzling elements create a golden way that will astonish visitors.
On the day of the switch-on from 12 noon there will be a variety of performances on smaller stages along Regent Street for all the family to enjoy. Shoppers will be treated to a traffic-free Regent Street on the day making Christmas shopping a pleasure; the perfect opportunity to visit Jo Malone London’s newly launched Global Flagship at 101 Regent Street.