Cathedral to host choir’s fundraiser

Derby Hospitals Choir has raised well over £140,000 for health related charities in over 30 years with its big annual Christmas concert – so it wasn’t going to be beaten by the temporary closure of the Assembly Rooms.
Russell WatsonRussell Watson
Russell Watson

The choir has swapped its usual venue for the beautiful surroundings of Derby Cathedral, providing the perfect Christmas atmosphere, for this year’s concert, which will take place on Friday, November 28, and also features Belper-based Derwent Brass.

Originally formed in 1983 to perform a “one-off” concert to raise money for the Macmillan Continuing Care Unit, the choir has been going ever since with a Christmas concert every year to raise money for a health-related charity based in and around Derby.

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This year’s chosen charity is Sight Support Derbyshire, which provides emotional, practical and social support for blind and visually impaired children and adults throughout the county.

Tickets are still available for the event, which is compered by Charles Hanson. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

They are available from The Cathedral Bookshop, Derby, on 01332 227660 and Sight Support Derbyshire on 01332 287027.

For further information about the concert, you can contact [email protected]

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n The UK’s best-selling classical artist Russell Watson is embarking on a unique tour, which will include a concert at Derby Cathedral on Monday, December 1.

His tour will be taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful cathedrals for a very special candlelight Christmas concert with a choir.

Russell Watson never imagined he’d someday be one of the world’s most prominent tenors, selling in excess of seven million albums worldwide.

To date there have been nine studio albums, each one winning more critical acclaim than the one before.

Tickets details and availability can be obtained from /0844 811 0051 and