For anyone looking for a truly sparkling way to celebrate the festive season this year, the biennial Christmas Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral in aid of Cancer Research UK is taking place on 16 December 2008.

The event always attracts a sell-out crowd due to its mix of celebrity readers, outstanding performers and specially selected music, from the contemporary to the Christmas classics, all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.

The concert started in 1994 and since then has raised over £1 million to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer. This year’s event alone is expected to raise over £250,000 for the charity’s life-saving work.

Debbie Fletcher, who is chairing the committee organising the event, said: “This is always an amazing evening that brings people together to start their Christmas festivities and raise money for a vitally important cause.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and indeed many of us who are organising the event this year have been closely affected by it. We hope that the money raised through this concert will help Cancer Research UK in its bid to beat the disease.”

Tickets for the event are priced from £20 to £100. To purchase a ticket please contact the Barbican Box Office on 0207 638 8891.

The event is kindly sponsored by AstraZeneca, National Grid, Mulberry and Standard and Poor’s.


For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Flanagan or Anna Hilton on 020 7061 8308 / 8314 or, out-of-hours, the duty press officer on 07050 264 059.


About Cancer Research UK

  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer.
  • Cancer Research UK carries out world-class research to improve understanding of the disease and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer.
  • Cancer Research UK ensures that its findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients.
  • Cancer Research UK helps people to understand cancer, the progress that is being made and the choices each person can make.
  • Cancer Research UK works in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer.
  • For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit our homepage.


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