Celebrate the run up to Christmas day with some wonderful choir services and events; they’re sure to get you feeling festive. There are plenty of great options right here in Norwich for everyone!
Image: Norwich Cathedral Choir - Paul Hurst
Image: Norwich Cathedral Choir - Paul Hurst
Norwich Cathedral will host an open evening on 1 December with plenty going on between 6.30 – 9pm, including a short service to bless their outdoor crib (featuring live animals– always a hit with the kids!), carving skills demonstrations, and the switch-on of the Cathedral’s Christmas trees. As well as all this there’ll be carols with the Cathedral Chamber Choir – and the event is completely free to attend.
Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir is another opportunity to enjoy carols in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral – described as “a feast of Christmas music both sacred and secular”, this event will have plenty of carols that the audience are welcome to join in with – a great opportunity to sing to your heart’s content. Friday 9 December, 7.30 – 9pm. Tickets £12 - £18 (£5 for U18s sitting in the side aisles).
Norwich Cathedral Choir are also performing at OPEN as part of the Christmas Carol & Crafts event on Wednesday 7 December. There’ll be lots of stalls to browse and a carol concert at 1pm, featuring a mix of sacred and secular music. Open 11am – 2pm and free entry.
If you can’t make these dates then the Cathedral’s choir can be heard every week during their Evensong services – check their schedule of services here.
Image: The Locrian Ensemble
One of Britain’s most popular touring groups, with appearances on TV and film appearances under their belts, come to Norwich Playhouse this December for their Carols by Candlelight show. This evening with The Locrian Ensemble will be filled with carols, string medleys, Christmas tunes and a few surprises too – a festive evening of music in the lovely intimate venue that is Norwich Playhouse. Tickets £19.50.
Image: St John Baptist Cathedral Adult Choir
You can hear the St John Baptist Cathedral Choir most Sundays as they sing at the 11am Mass, covering songs spanning many years, but if you fancy joining the Cathedral for carol events then make sure you don’t miss their Big Christmas Sing on 21 December. Part of their Wednesday lunchtime concert series, this special Christmas event will be filled with joyful tunes – both traditional and contemporary songs - whilst you enjoy a tour of the Cathedral followed by refreshments. This is a great chance to explore more of the Cathedral whilst enjoying festive tunes! Thursday 22 December, 1 – 2pm, free entry.
See the Abbey Choir at some of Wymondham Abbey's services (see more information here). On Sunday 18 December they have their annual Christmas Carol Service - a great opportunity to sing all your favourite traditional hymns and feel all Christmassy! Sunday 18 December, 6.30pm.
Image: St Peter Mancroft Girls' Choir
Yes, choirs plural – there are actually five at St Peter Mancroft Church! The main choirs that regularly perform are The Choral Scholars, The Girl’s Choir and The Choristers.
The Choral Scholars are a mixed voice group who you can hear sing on most Sundays during term time and for the major Christian festivals – so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to hear them in the lead up to Christmas.
The Girls’ Choir are all aged between 15 and 25 and sing once a fortnight during term time, whilst The Choristers has both boys and girls aged 7+, and sing at one of the Sunday services every week during term time and for special services.
For more information on the St Peter Mancroft Choirs, visit their website.
Performing in Norwich's United Reformed Church, The Jay Singers – a Norfolk-based chamber choir – celebrate 21 years together with a concert featuring pre-19th century choral music in the first half, and 20th Century British writers in the second half, covering 200 years of music.
Sing to the Lord: Masterpieces of the Motet, from Bach to Brahms and Britten. Saturday 3 December, 7.30pm. Advance tickets £10 or £12 on the door.
For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!
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