Dame Mary Berry, one of the country’s best loved cookery writers and television personalities, will be joining HRH Prince Edward and The Lord Mayor of the City of London for an online service in aid of charity.
Led by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and The VOCES8 Foundation Carols for the City is the City of London’s first joint Christmas Carol Service, and will be streamed online today (8 December) at 5.30pm.
Carols for the City is being held in aid of four charities, namely The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity, The VOCES8 Foundation, and The Friends of the City Churches.
Dame Mary said: “I’m delighted to be able to support these charities to do their amazing work in London and beyond – and even more so that I get to have fun doing it. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I’m looking forward to being part of Carols for the City.”
The organ will be played by Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley (past Lord Mayor of the City of London), and broadcaster, organist and conductor Anna Lapwood.
Internationally renowned and City-based vocal ensemble VOCES8 will be ably supported by sister group Apollo5 and local school students.
Current Lord Mayor William Russell said: “It is important that those living and working in the City, and beyond, have the opportunity to come together and mark the importance of community and connection at Christmas.
“Change lives this Christmas and celebrate with us.”