Enjoy carols in the Cloister

04 December 2020
This Christmas all are welcome to join in with a carol singalong full of festive favourites in the stunning surrounds of Norwich Cathedral’s Cloister. With Government guidance now allowing singing outside, the Cathedral is delighted to host a new festive event in the Cloister in association with the Eastern Daily Press.
Choristers at Christmas

Carols in the Cloister will take place on Saturday 12 December and Saturday 19 December at 2pm and 3.30pm.

These 30-minute events for all the family will see the Master of Music Ashley Grote and some of the Cathedral’s Choristers and members of the Chamber Choir lead the singing of popular carols including Away In A Manger, Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Bring the family along with their Santa hats and Christmas jumpers to enjoy a wonderful seasonal celebration!

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “It’s such a delight that we will all be allowed to join in with the singing of Carols and to be together in the beautiful space of the Cloister Garth – we hope that you will come along and enjoy this unique experience”.

Master of Music Ashley Grote said: “With congregations unable to sing together inside the Cathedral this Christmas, I hope that these outdoor carol singing events will provide people with a much-needed opportunity to raise their voices and lift their spirits. Singing carols together in the beautiful surroundings of our Cloister promises to be a very special experience as we approach this rather different Christmas”.

David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: "I'm really proud that we're able to work with Norwich Cathedral to supports Carols in the Cloisters.
Our usual Festival of Carols clearly wasn't possible this year, but this will be a more than fitting replacement, in a covid-safe environment. A perfect way to get families to think about the true meaning of Christmas and raise money for charity as the same time."

As well as aiming to get everyone into the festive spirit, the events also hope to raise funds for three excellent causes - Christian Aid, Norfolk and Waveney Mind and The Trussell Trust.

People can also enjoy exploring the Cathedral and pay a visit to the outdoor crib and Tree of Remembrance outside the Hostry.

The Cathedral Gift Shop will be open until 5pm on both days and is full of lots of inspiration for the perfect presents, and refreshments will be available at Jarrold at the Refectory Café.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance as numbers are limited due to current restrictions because of the pandemic.

Click here to book your free tickets.

One of the Carols in the Cloister events may also be made available digitally and more details about this will be made available on this website nearer the time.

Please note that the format of Carols in the Cloister may change or be cancelled at short notice if government guidance changes about the Coronavirus pandemic.

The above picture was taken during Christmas 2019.
Picture: Bill Smith