News Release - Issued by York Minster
Wednesday 1 October 2014
In York, the festive season does not officially start for many people until they have been to the York Minster Christmas Carol Concert, and with tickets going on sale this Wednesday (1 October 2014) at 9.30am for those wanting a front seat for the popular annual event.
“Festive music is one of the great traditions and joys of the most important festival in the Christian calendar,” comments director of communications, Sharon Atkinson. “The Minster’s Christmas Carol concerts are a landmark event for the people of York. The sound of one of the UK’s finest cathedral choirs, music from a brass band, readings and much-loved carols make this a wonderful community occasion and a great way to start the Christmas season. “
This year’s Christmas Carol Concerts take place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December at 7.00pm. The concerts are organised to raise money for the York Minster Fund, which supports much of the conservation, preservation work and repairs to the cathedral. The concerts feature the choristers, choral scholars and songmen of York Minster singing a variety of traditional Christmas carols, music from a guest brass band, and readings by a number of special guests. The audience is also invited to join in with carol singing.
Those wishing to purchase tickets are advised to set up accounts on the York Minster website ahead of Wednesday morning to speed up the booking process – and with 35% of concert tickets selling within the first 24 hours of booking last year, the front nave seats are likely to sell out fast.
Also going on sale on Wednesday will be tickets to the Handel’s Messiah, again performed by the York Minster Choir with guest soloists, which will take place on 13 December 2014.
More details about the concerts can be found at www.yorkminster.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01904 557208 or in person from the admissions desks inside York Minster.
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