Carols on the Hour at St Albans Cathedral

Fri, 12 December 2014

Six carol services in just one day, plus the unique sight of a metre-high, hand-knitted nativity scene await festive visitors at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 20th December.

Carols on the Hour attracts thousands of families, shoppers and visitors to the city on the last shopping Saturday before Christmas.  Each carol service lasts just 30 minutes - enough time to sing some uplifting carols with local and Cathedral choirs, and to get a real taste of Christmas in one of the UK’s oldest cathedrals.

Richard Watson, Sub Dean at St Albans Cathedral said, “Last year we welcomed over 5,000 people over the 6 services of the day, many of whom also came to enjoy the Christmas Market in the grounds of the Cathedral, and to soak up the festive atmosphere.  It’s great that so many people find a visit to St Albans Cathedral helps make their Christmas special.”

 Local choirs and the Cathedral Choir and Abbey Singers will be taking part in the 6 carol services.  The choirs include St Albans Rock Choir, The Choir of St Peter’s, The Big Sing Community Choir and the Parish Singers.

 Also worth popping in for on 20th December is the unique sight of the Knitivity – a hand-knitted nativity scene with metre-high figures. All the figures have been knitted by just one woman, Ann Hudson, who has clocked up well over 350 hours of knitting time.

Carols on the Hour is free and no tickets are required – just turn up on the hour any time between 11am and 4pm and enjoy this very special Christmas event.  The Abbot’s Kitchen at the Cathedral will be serving a full range of festive refreshments throughout the day.

Click for details of all Christmas services, including the very popular Crib Service on Christmas Eve


Notes to Editors

  • The carol services are suitable for the whole family.
  • The choirs singing at the hourly services are:

11.00 The Choir of St Peter’s, St Albans

12.00 The Big Sing Community Choir

1.00 St Albans Rock Choir

2.00 Parish Junior Singers

3.00 Parish Singers

4.00 Cathedral Choir and Abbey Singers

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