A spectacular festive Carol Concert took place at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 3 December.

An evening of traditional carols and seasonal music performed by Ripon Cathedral Choir, directed by Andrew Bryden, and assisted by Tim Harper and Tom Coxhead with live music from Cathedral Brass, and pupils from Ripon Grammar School directed by Edward Seymour.

Special guest author Gervase Phinn entertained the audience with witty stories of his experiences as a School’s Inspector for North Yorkshire. There was a special visit by Santa who gave out gifts to the children in the audience.

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We are grateful to the new Aldi store in Ripon who sponsored the mulled wine and mince pies.  The above photograph shows Molly Barrs, Fundraising Events Officer at the Cathedral receiving the sponsored goods from the Aldi Area Manager James Collinge prior to the concert.

Proceeds of nearly £7,000 from the concert will go towards Ripon Cathedral Music Trust, which preserves and secures the Music at Ripon Cathedral including making sure there is always a Choir singing within the Cathedral, which traces back to the foundation of the Benedictine monastery in 672 when monks sung. The Cathedral Choir have produced CD recordings, broadcasts, concerts and tours which are a major part of the Choir’s schedule, as well as singing six services each week and at the great festivals of Christmas and Easter.

Thank you to all those who attended the concert and supported the Cathedral Choir.

The concert will take place again next December and tickets will be available on the Cathedral website early in the New Year.

For further information contact Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign 01765 603583 or rcdc@riponcathedral.org.uk