Carol Service | 2020

Chichester Cathedral is delighted to share Carols from Chichester Cathedral – a 50 minute Carol Service filmed with the Cathedral’s famous Choir, under the direction of Organist and Master of the Choristers Charles Harrison and with organ accompaniment from Tim Ravalde.

Music is central to celebrations for Advent and Christmas, and to enable this to continue in a year when churches can only welcome very limited numbers of visitors in person, Carols from Chichester Cathedral allows the people of Sussex and beyond to take part in this tradition from the comfort of their own homes.

The service has subtitles and has been especially written and recorded for online congregations, telling the Christmas story with a selection of carols. Bible readings and poetry can also be found in the service, read by individuals representing local organisations and charities, including Stonepillow, Goodwood Farm, BBC Radio Sussex, Midwives from the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Patron of the Cathedral's Festival of Flowers Hugh Bonneville.

The service has also been made available to care-homes, hospices, schools and parishes across the Diocese of Chichester.

Carols from Chichester Cathedral is free to view via the Cathedral’s website, however donations are most welcome. The Cathedral has launched a fundraising initiative to raise its running costs through the 12 days of Christmas. It costs £3,000 a day to protect our sacred heritage, so they are aiming to raise £36,000 this festive season.

Audio Files

We are also delighted to present six audio recordings of the Cathedral Choir, which you are free to listen to or use within your services. This includes:

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
  • Once in Royal David’s city
  • The Angel Gabriel
  • The Truth From Above

To download these files, please visit our Dropbox.