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Gloucester Cathedral’s choirs are limbering up for a marathon carol-singing session on Saturday 10 December.

Aimed specially at the busy Christmas shopper, Carols on the Hour are bite-sized bursts of festive praise sung by the Cathedral Choirs on the hour between 11am and 4pm.

First up is the Cathedral Junior Choir at 11am and 12 noon. They are boys and girls aged 8-13 who sing together on Saturday mornings and at various services in the Cathedral. The choir is free to join and no audition is necessary.

For the first time ever, at 1pm and 2pm, it’s the turn of the Girl Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir. The girls, now in their first full year as Cathedral Choristers, will sing a weekly service each Monday during term time and at some special services throughout the year.

At 3pm and 4pm the Cathedral Choir take to the stage. Today’s choir is the successor to the boys and monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, who sang for daily worship nine centuries ago.

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Alongside the carol services from 10am to 4.30pm will be the Cathedral’s Christmas Market in the Cloisters and Chapter House with over 60 stalls selling locally made crafts, Christmas cakes and chocolates, stained glass, jewellery and vintage collectables. There will be festive refreshments for sale in the Chapter House and the Cathedral Coffee Shop.

Don’t forget to visit the Cathedral Gift Shop while you are here to find that special Christmas gift. A treasure trove of beautiful decorations and gifts, fantastic Christmas cards, delicious award-winning Christmas mead, and angels everywhere!

It’s a small shop offering a very warm welcome – just the place to start your Christmas shopping and help with the upkeep of this beautiful Cathedral at the same time. Happy shopping!

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Carols On The Hour we are holding a second day of festive praise on Saturday 17 December. These services will be sung by Adult Choirs. Kicking off proceedings at 11am and 12noon will be The Caring Chorus Community Choir followed at 1pm and 2pm by The Cathedral Youth Choir and rounding the day off at 3pm and 4pm with The St. Cecilia Singers.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of this busy season and join us for 30 minutes or more of your favourite Christmas Carols and if all this wasn’t enough we are delighted to have the life-size Knitivity back with us and some amazing new characters for you to meet! Come and enjoy the fun and all for Free!

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Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market at Gloucester Cathedral by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/