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Alphabetical Advent Adventure

Welcome to FCM’s Alphabetical Advent Adventure

Watch this page develop as we visit a choral foundation each day of Advent, working our way from A to Z (and, to complete the alphabet, we’ll be carrying on till Boxing Day).

We will take a look at what each choir is up to on that particular day and hear what inspires and challenges their musicians throughout the schedule of services and concerts that lead up to Christmas.

In the UK, we are blessed with so many fabulous cathedral, church and collegiate choirs that it has been very difficult to choose just one for each day. We hope you will have fun guessing where we might be heading as we work our way from A to Z (yes, we even have a choir for ‘Z’ up our sleeves) and that you’ll enjoy hearing a little bit more about some of the excellent choirs who work so hard to make Christmas extra special.


December 1

The choir of St Andrew's Aberdeen carol singing

A is for…Aberdeen

December 2

St Anne's Cathedral Belfast

B is for…Belfast

December 3

Coventry Cathedral Boys' Choir

C is for…Coventry

December 4

Derby Cathedral Girls' Choir

D is for…Derby

December 5

Ely Choristers enjoy riding on a Victorian Carousel

E is for…Ely

December 6

St Martin-in-the-Fields Children's Voices

F is for…St Martin-in-the-Fields

December 7

Guildford Cathedral from the fcm archive

G is for…Guildford

December 8

H is for…Hexham Abbey

December 9

I is for…The Isle of Man

December 10

J is for…Jesus College, Cambridge

December 11

King's College Chapel Christmas Card

K is for…King’s College, Cambridge

December 12

Choristers from Llandaff Cathedral

L is for…Llandaff

December 13

Middlesbrough girl choristers

M is for…Middlesbrough

December 14

N is for…Norwich

December 15

Choristers of Magdalen College in the snow

O is for…Oxford

December 16

P is for…Portsmouth

December 17

Queen's College Choir with their CD for BBC Music Magazine

Q is for…Queen’s College, Oxford

December 18

Ripon Cathedral image courtesy of the Association of English Cathedrals

R is for…Ripon

December 19

Salisbury Caathedral Choristers

S is for…Salisbury

December 20

T is for…Truro

December 21

University College, Oxford

U is for…University College, Oxford

December 22

VOCES8 in concert

V is for…VOCES8

December 23

Wells Choristers in the snow

W is for…Wells

December 24

The Grandisson Service 2018

X is for…(E)xeter

December 25

Y is for…York

December 26

DFC Concert

Z is for…Zadok (courtesy of the Cathedral Choristers of Britain)

FCM relies on generous donations from its members and supporters to provide much-needed grants for choirs. Why not make a Christmas donation to FCM as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the choirs, organists and musical directors who do such excellent work all year round? Your gift will be greatly appreciated.

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