December 16, 2020
The popular BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Sunday morning programme, presented by Louise Hulland, is to be broadcast from Peterborough Cathedral on Sunday 20 December. The show, which runs from 6.00-10.00am, will close with a 30-40 minute Carol Service live from the Cathedral, during which the Choir will sing some favourite Christmas carols.
Alongside the carols will be prayers and readings to tell the Christmas story. The readings have been pre-recorded by regular listeners to the programme so that they can be an integral part of it, even though they are at home.
The Cathedral will be closed to the public whilst the live broadcast is taking place but anyone can listen to it on air on their radio or via the BBC Sounds website via www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_cambridge.
The Choir will be conducted by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Tansy Castledine, and the Cathedral Organist will be Christopher Strange. An order of service, in case you would like to follow this from home, may be downloaded from the Cathedral’s website.
David Harvey, Editor, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, comments: “We’re delighted that a number of Louise’s listeners will be able to play a part this Sunday. It’s an opportunity for them to contribute to a unique event and we thank everyone at Peterborough Cathedral for their support in making this happen. We hope it will bring pleasure and make a difference to all of our listeners who can’t attend a service in person this Christmas.”
Canon Rowan Williams, Precentor at Peterborough Cathedral, said: “It’s lovely to welcome BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to the Cathedral for this special Carol Service. Our Cathedral musicians have been working very hard in this challenging year to make sure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear the Christmas story and enjoy traditional Christmas music, so it’s wonderful to be part of a broadcast to so many listeners. We hope everyone is in good voice and ready to join in, wherever they happen to be.”
After the radio broadcast, the Cathedral will re-open in time for the 10.30am Eucharist service. For more details about taking part in Christmas services at Peterborough Cathedral, both in person (for which seats must be booked) or online, please visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/christmas2020.aspx.
You can hear the carol service from Peterborough Cathedral again on Christmas Eve from 4.00pm and on Christmas Day from 1.00pm on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.