Bumper turn-out for Christmas Coffee Concert



Hundreds of people, aged from just a few months old to octogenarians, flocked to Guildford Cathedral for mince pies, coffee and the best in festive Christmas music.

Around 340 people arrived to share fellowship, food and fine music on Thursday (17 December) with mince pies – kindly donated by  Waitrose – at 10.30am followed by a concert at 11.15am. The audience included everyone from mums with toddlers to people from local care homes.

The music, led by Organist and Master of the Choristers,  Katherine Dienes-Williams,  was comprised of carols led by members of the Cathedral’s choral community. It included a chance for the audience to join in with traditional hymns, and the choir sang favourites like the Sussex Carol and John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Carol.

This is the latest in a successful series of Coffee Concerts, held at the Cathedral throughout Summer 2015 for the elderly, those in care homes and the wider community.

The concerts are part of the People’s Cathedral Project, an ambitious 30 month initiative, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, combining urgent building repairs with an exciting community engagement programme to capture and reveal the rich heritage  and history behind this stunning 20th century building.

Katherine Dienes-Williams said: “We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people who came from all parts of the community to be with us for the Coffee Concert.

“It was such a joy to be able to share our music making at this special time of year with so many people and to see the looks of delight on everyone’s faces.”

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