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York Minster hosts much-loved NHS carol service

The annual carol service for NHS staff from around the region was held this week (6 December), heralding the start of Christmas for the many who attended.

For almost four decades, NHS staff, past and present, have gathered at York Minster each Christmas, taking time out from their busy duties to give thanks and rejoice.

A choir of over 200 local NHS staff rehearse at their separate locations in the weeks leading up to the service, only coming together on the day of the service to sing the programme of carols together for the first time.

The service is now organised and sponsored by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who will carry on the long tradition.

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:  “The carol concert is a very special occasion and it means a lot to those who attend.  The combination of the spectacular setting of York Minster and the atmospheric singing of the choir really celebrates and honours those who work for the NHS.  For the many who will be working over the Christmas period, it kicks off the festive season in style.”

The service was led by Revd Canon Peter Moger, Precentor, York Minster with prayers from the Revd Rachel Bailes, Senior Chaplain, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  The choir was conducted by Dr Andrew Padmore.

07 December 2017

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"...The combination of the spectacular setting of York Minster and the atmospheric singing of the choir really celebrates and honours those who work for the NHS."

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