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Cathedral's carols and songs make Christmas tingle for charity

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 24, 2012

  • Former girl choristers Ashley To, Meiling Daniel-Greenhalgh and Martha Bowles Pictures: STEVEN HAYWOOD

  • A packed Exeter Cathedral witnessed the carol extravaganza

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Exeter Cathedral was lit up by the voices of former choristers at the weekend as its busy Christmas events calendar got under way.

Hundreds of people packed the pews at the cathedral for the performance of Isca who performed Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" on Saturday evening.

The choir also sang an eclectic range of other Christmas music which also featured the organists and other members of the cathedral's music department.

Festive events at the cathedral continued yesterday afternoon as hundreds of schoolchildren took part in a traditional Christingle service to raise money for the Children's Society.

Gillian Claugher, director of regional fundraising and development for the charity, said: "Christingle services are a special way to raise money for some of this country's most disadvantaged children.

"The event at Exeter Cathedral is part of the Christingle season, which will see millions of people across the UK taking part."

Christingle celebrations take place around the country from Advent to Epiphany.

The Children's Society, supported by 50 dioceses which conducted more than 5,000 services, last year raised more than £1 million to help disadvantaged young people.

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