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Salisbury Cathedral Advent extravaganza set to light up the season

Salisbury Cathedral’s spectacular processional service From Darkness to Light is being recommended as "the perfect start to Advent" ...

Salisbury Cathedral’s spectacular Advent Procession From Darkness to Light, regarded by many as the perfect start to the Christmas season, takes place this year at 7pm on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December and 5pm on Sunday 2 December. 

It begins with the Cathedral in total darkness and silence as the single Advent Candle is lit. By the end the whole interior of the magnificent building is bathed in the light of 1300 flickering candles.

Two large and colourful processions move around the Cathedral during the service, which is a mix of beautiful music and readings. David Halls, Director of Music, knows the service is one of the highlights of the year.

"The music, sung by the cathedral choir, is in perfect keeping with the feeling of expectation that underpins Advent. We also have a plainsong choir of girls’ voices singing from the West End gallery.  This is all in contrast to the great Advent hymns sung by a capacity congregation of more than 1700 on both evenings, and sounding truly magnificent accompanied by the mighty Father Willis organ.  There is a great feeling of momentum as the service reaches its climax."
The cathedral choir is conducted by David Halls, and the organist is John Challenger.
Doors open before the service at 6pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday, and entry into the Cathedral is via the Consistory Court (the main visitor entrance). Admission for all three services is free but entry on Friday 30 November is by ticket only.  Written applications should be made to the Dean’s Secretary, Lizzie Rowe, The Chapter Office, 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EF. Please provide a stamped addressed envelope and indicate the number of tickets requested (maximum 4).
Those who wish to arrive early will be able to queue under cover in the Cloisters where seasonal refreshments are available. Please note there can be no admission once all seats are taken. There is no public parking in The Close however parking is available for Disabled Blue Badge holders. For further information visit

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