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Carol service lights up the lantern of the north

20 December 2006

Historic Scotland is inviting the public to experience a festive atmosphere like no other in one of Scotland’s most magnificent and awe-inspiring places.

On 23 December, Elgin Cathedral (affectionately known as the ‘Lantern of the North) will be brought alive by the beautiful sounds of local church choirs and the Moray Concert Brass as they perform a repertoire of classic Christmas carols.

The striking sandstone ruin will be lit up especially for the evening (the two towers at the front and the centre aisle), and guests will be able to enjoy the music as it drifts up into the winter night sky.

Brian Ford, District Visitor Services Manager at Historic Scotland said: "Elgin Cathedral is a breathtaking sight to behold at all times of the year but the Christmas Carol Service will really add to the magic.

There is no need to book, visitors can just turn up on the day, as long as they make sure they wrap up warm and bring their own seating if needed.  The choirs and musicians involved are all immensely talented and we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming them to the Cathedral."

Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings and the inspiration for many an artist. The Cathedral was built during the 13th century and was the ecclesiastical centre of the diocese of Moray. However the Reformation of 1560 effectively left the Cathedral redundant. The proud boast by one of its former bishops that his cathedral was ‘the ornament of the realm, the glory of the kingdom’ is certainly borne out by a visit to this beautiful ruin.

The Elgin Cathedral Christmas Carol Service takes place on Saturday 23 December at 6.15pm and is a free event.  The service should last around 45 minutes. All are welcome.

Please wear warm clothing and bring along seating if required. There are limited spaces, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. For further information about the service, please contact the Cathedral on 01343 547171.

Notes for editors
  • Elgin Cathedral is in Elgin on the A96. Admission: Adult £4.00, Children £1.60, Concessions £3.00. The Christmas Carol Service is free to all.
  • One of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, Elgin Cathedral is a magnificent ruin, much of which dates back to the 13th century. Its many outstanding architectural features include the country’s finest octagonal chapter house.
  • Elgin Cathedral is just one of 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959