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Last night we were excited to welcome young musicians, their families and guests to Manchester Cathedral for our traditional annual Christmas Sing-along.  After another difficult year for many people, it was heartwarming to see our community coming together to create joy and celebrate the magic of Christmas through a diverse programme of musical entertainment.

After a few words of welcome by Father Steven Hilton, the concert commenced, featuring  fabulous singing and musical performances from Bury Intermediate Brass Band, Bury Catholic Preparatory School, Oldfield Brow Primary School, Bury Youth Bass Band, and the Dark Peak String Orchestra.

The programme encompassed traditional carols such as Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem, fun Christmas songs including Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and some classical orchestral pieces.  The audience got their chance to participate too, in old favourite The Twelve Days of Christmas, and the final carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful, was sung by everyone, accompanied by the majestic sound of the Cathedral organ.

The concert truly created a sense of Christmas magic and raised much-needed funds that will help support sick babies and children in our local NHS hospitals this winter. A huge thank you goes to all the wonderful performers, our compere Brian Carson, the volunteers who helped out on the night, Sainsbury’s Local Cross Street for donating the delicious mince pies, and the staff at Manchester Cathedral for hosting our event.

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