Choirmaster Gareth Malone and gospel choir conductor Karen Gibson reveal the stories and legends behind some of Britain’s Christmas traditions in Britain’s Christmas Story on BBC One, starting this Sunday. They also explore what the nation has sung at this time of year across the centuries with beautiful renditions of some of our most loved carols.
Despite the postponement of his beatification, devotees of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (right) will be taking part in a novena, from yesterday until Friday December 20, to pray for his canonisation “for touching the hearts of countless people”.
Westminster Cathedral will be holding Christmas Celebration concerts at 7.30 pm next Wednesday and Thursday, with celebrity readers and the cathedral choir and orchestra. Tickets from £10 to £50 are available from the cathedral gift shop and at ticketmaster.com. The London Oratory is holding its annual carol service next Thursday at 7.30 pm.
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