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Durham Cathedral lit at night

We were very pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Foundation of Light’s Carols of Light Event.

The captivating concert returned on Thursday, December 15, for only its second ever production. 

Produced by West End music sensation Sir Tim Rice, the special concert in aid of Sunderland AFC’s official charity was a spectacular and stunning event with 1000 guests in attendance experiencing this unique festive concert alongside a line-up of very special guests which included:

  • BBC One and Classic FM’s Alexander Armstrong
  • World renowned keyboard player and composer, Rick Wakeman CBE
  • Alan Price, musician and original keyboardist in 'The Animals’
  • Acclaimed piper Kathryn Tickell
  • Singer Marty Wilde and his daughter Roxanne Wilde
  • Musicians Kiki Dee & Carmelo
  • Architect and presenter George Clarke
  • BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram
  • The Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham

The Salvation Army Band, Durham Cathedral Adult Choir and St Mary’s Primary School Choir also performed on the night.

Supporting our local communities

Durham is a world-leading university and proudly part of North East England. From inspiring learning to sharing our facilities, from driving economic growth to helping our region become more sustainable: we ensure that the benefits of a world-leading university are shared across our city, county and region.

This non-traditional carol concert raised almost £100,000 for the Foundation of Light to make a life-changing difference to thousands of local children and families. This is at a time when the charity’s work across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham matters so much to so many.

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, said:  “The University was exceptionally proud to support this very special festive carol service which took place against the stunning backdrop of Durham Cathedral and had the added benefit of raising thousands of pounds for children and families in our region.”


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About the Foundation of Light

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