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Choir goes carol singing ahead of popular Christmas concert at Rochester Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 14:29 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:29 28 November 2016

Rochester Cathedral is England`s second oldest, having been founded in 604 A.D. by Bishop Justus

Rochester Cathedral is England`s second oldest, having been founded in 604 A.D. by Bishop Justus

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Tickets selling fast for the annual festive show

Rochester Cathedral’s famous choir will be staging its annual Christmas concert on December 6 - performing part one of Handel’s Messiah, followed by a host of classic Christmas carols.

And there will be taster of what is to come, when the choir goes carol singing outside Rochester’s new railway station on Thursday at 5pm.

The cathedral concert is one of the most eagerly anticipated on the calendar with tickets on sale from the cathedral priced at £15.

Meanwhile, the cathedral’s long tradition of fine choral music has just received top recognition, with two of its choristers winning national success.

Rupert Walker, 13, a finalist at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year awards and head chorister at the cathedral last year, will perform a solo at hte Christmas show. Fellow chorister, Edward Hyde, 12, was named Chorister of the Year at the same ceremony last month, but will not be present at the concert due to a BBC commitment.

Both are pupils at the King’s School in Rochester, where the boys’ choir is educated.

Director of music at the cathedral, Scott Farrell, said: “It is a remarkable achievement for both Rupert and Edward to be chosen as finalists from thousands of applicants nationally, and for Edward to win the national title. They are both wonderful singers. I am delighted for them, and for the cathedral.”

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