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The Macmillan Carol Concert


The “Follow-the-Stars” Macmillan Cancer Support, Christmas Carol Concert will once again be held in Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on Friday 9th December.

This event is SO much more than just a carol concert raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a stellar cast of celebrities – actors, poets and singers – bursting like galactic cosmic rays throughout the evening to give scintillating literary readings. These will be interspersed by breathtaking musical performances and gloriously uplifting Christmas carols.

For our 25th anniversary last year, John Rutter, the nation’s favourite choral composer, composed a carol as a “thank-you” to all the people in Oxfordshire in recognition of the £550,000 they have raised over the years through Follow-the-Stars. Here is your chance to hear this unique carol again.

The music will be performed by Oxford’s world-class vocal ensemble, the Oxford Bach Soloists and conducted by the award-winning Tom Hammond-Davies. The spine tingling solos will bring you tears of joy. The concert will be live streamed and free to view online –

Now for the story of why this fundraising event is so incredibly crucial. Macmillan estimates that across the UK there are currently around 50,000 ‘missing diagnoses’ – meaning that compared to a similar time frame last year, 50,000 fewer people have been diagnosed with cancer. Macmillan rely on donations for 98% of their income. The post-pandemic difficulties mean they need your help more than ever this year so please BOOK YOUR TICKETS online now at

Thanks to the generosity of the celebrities and the expertise of the volunteer team who organize this event, 100% OF YOUR DONATION will immediately go to Macmillan Cancer Support and help improve the outcomes and survival rates of cancer sufferers.

Our goal is to provide a Macmillan nurse for a year to help address the backlog in urgent care. With your help, thousands more vital cancer treatments, appointments, surgeries and specialist care will be able to go ahead.

“Follow-the-Stars” has become very much part of Oxford’s Christmas Calendar and as such is a not-to-be-missed event. It will lift your spirits to the heavens and is a little bit of what we all need to carry us through the dark winter months and put a smile on our faces!


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