19 November, 2020


The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell, invites you to a very special Carol Service, organised by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the VOCES8 Foundation.

City Tradition

It is a tradition of the City of London for many of its Livery Companies and businesses to hold Christmas Carol Services in early December. In 2020 this is not possible owing to the Covid-19 restrictions in force. The Lord Mayor has therefore decided to host, in conjunction with the VOCES8 Foundation and the Worshipful Company Information Technologists, a live-streamed service for the whole City. As this is to be available online, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend.

Distinguished Participants

So come and join us for a unique carol service with traditional readings by a host of very distinguished readers (including HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG KCVO) and well known carols which you can sing, joining in at home. The singing will be led by VOCES8 who, along with Apollo5 and the children of a local school, will also perform some wonderful choral pieces. You can sing along at home.

Supporting Charity

All donations and the net proceeds of the tickets will go to our chosen charities and because these charities in turn support a wide range of other charities, many will benefit from your generosity both in London and throughout the UK. :-

  • 40% The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
  • 25% The VOCES8 Foundation
  • 25% The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Charity
  • 10% The Friends of the City Churches

For more information:  carolsforthecity.org or contact@carolsforthecity.org

HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG KCVO, the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Sir Kenneth Olisa, the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey, Onyinye Udokporo and Naomi Lawrence.

Dame Sarah Mullally DBE (The Bishop of London), Paul Kennedy (Priest of St Vedast-alias-Foster) and Marcus Walker (Rector of Great St Bartholomew)

Singing – VOCES8, Apollo5 and children of a local school. You can download a service sheet and sing along at home. Organ – Anna Lapwood and Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley (Lord Mayor of the City of London 2016-17).

5.30pm “Doors open” with videos about the City and the charities – 6.00pm Traditional service of 7 lessons and 7 carols

Buy a ticket: £5 per login (as many people as you can get around your device can watch!) and then please Donate (note you can’t donate on the same site as your book). Businesses: if you would like to support us and buy a block of tickets for your employees, please contact us. Where you can come or not, please donate to the appeal on behalf of our four charities who will share the donations.