Christmas music at the Cathedral

Concerts on 17 and 18 December

The Metropolitan Cathedral stages its Festival Carol Service on Sunday 18 December.

The Service, beginning at 5pm on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, will feature a mixture of seasonal music, Christmas readings and poetry as well as favourite congregational carols. All the Cathedral choirs will participate in this event, which offers the opportunity to pause and reflect ahead of the forthcoming celebration of Christmas. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served by the Friends of the Cathedral after the Service, which is open to all with admission free.

Prior to that, on Saturday 17 December, the Cathedral holds its annual Dickensian Christmas Concert, a concert for all the family which is hosted by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside. The attendance for this event seems to grow every year, and judging by tickets sales so far, a record audience can be expected.

Tickets for the Dickensian Concert are available from or from the Cathedral gift shop (tel: 0151 707 3525).

For the Cathedral choristers themselves, there will be no let-up until shortly after midday on Christmas Day, the choir having completed the singing of First Vespers (Christmas Eve 3pm), Midnight Mass (at midnight) and Solemn Mass (Christmas Day 11am).