A recording by The Choir of Merton College will be included as part of 'Night of the Stars', a spectacular son et lumière show created for the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign #FollowTheStar.
The show takes place this Friday, 21 December, both at Canterbury - where it will be projected onto the south side of the Cathedral following Choral Evensong, with The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in attendance - and at Durham - with projections onto the north transept of the Cathedral, with The Cathedral Choir, the Bishop, and the Dean joining Ferryhill Town Band for carol singing and a short act of worship.
The recording, of composer Cecilia McDowall's Advent antiphon O Oriens, was made by the Choir in 2012, and features on their second CD, Advent at Merton.There is a further Merton connection with the events - Merton's Chaplain, The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, was involved in devising the liturgy which will be used.
The lumière has been produced in partnership with The Projection Studio, which masterminded projections for the London 2012 Olympics, and a permanent installation on the Blackpool Tower.
The #FollowTheStar light show is a specially-commissioned work which forms part of the Church of England’s campaign to encourage people across the UK and beyond to reconnect with church this Christmas. For more information about #FollowTheStar visit www.churchofengland.org/christmas.