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Welcome from Matthew Kelly

Dear Friends, 

We are thrilled to be returning to Chester Cathedral to hold our Spirit of Christmas carol concert in the flesh, the first time since 2019!

I’m so proud to be a part of Spirit of Christmas, and to be the President of NeuroMuscular Centre, the incredible charity which supports hundreds of people and their families affected by neuromuscular conditions in your area.


Please support our exciting Spirit of Christmas carol concert and our wonderful charity which helps so many every year.

With love and thanks,


Matthew Kelly
President of NeuroMuscular Centre

Saturday 26th November

The annual festive celebration of carols, celebrity readings, music, and poetry featuring stars of the stage and screen.

Blue Tickets: £12.50 - Concert Only. North & South Aisle seating with some restricted views.

Red Tickets: £22.50 - Concert Only. Back of Central Nave and West Steps seating.

Silver Tickets: £55.00 - Concert & Black Tie Champagne Reception. Central Nave seating.

Luxury Hamper Raffle: £10.00 - A chance to win our fabulous luxury hamper, full of festive goodies.

We also have a Spirit of Christmas Silent Auction with an exciting and diverse array of prizes there is something for everyone.

For more information, please get in touch with our NMC Fundraising team at or by calling 01606 861733.

A Star-Studded Line Up

We are pleased to announce the following readers for the 2022 Spirit of Christmas:

  • Jim Carter: He’s best known for his role as Mr Carson, the stern but fatherly butler to the Crawley family in Downton Abbey, but you’ll also recognise him from A Private Function (1984), The Witches (1990), Richard III  (1995), The Thief Lord (2006), My Week with Marilyn (2011),  and The Good Liar (2019).

  • Karl Davies: You’ll know Karl as Robert Sugden from Emmerdale (2001-2005) as well as roles in Game of Thrones (2012), My Mad Fat Diary (2015), Chernobyl (2019), and The Bay (2022).


  • Joseph Millson: Joseph Millson is known for playing Luc Hemingway, an eccentric and extremely intelligent specialist registrar, in Holby City (2011-2013), with other performances in Penny Dreadful (2015), Angel Has Fallen (2019), and Moon Knight (2021).


  • Sophie Thompson: Sophie Thompson is a six-time Olivier Award nominee, winning the 1999 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the London revival of Into the Woods. Her other acting credits include appearances in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Gosford Park (2001) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010).


  • Elizabeth Estensen: Elizabeth is best known for her role as Diane Sugden in Emmerdale, having reprised her role recently for the show's 50th anniversary. Elizabeth has also starred in The Liver Birds, T-Bag and Coronation Street.


  • Sir Derek Jacobi CBE: Sir Derek is well known for his roles in the theatre, for which he has won a number of awards, particularly for his roles in various Shakespeare plays. He has also starred in number of films, including Henry V (1989), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Riddle (2007), The King's Speech (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

  • Roger Phillips: Roger Phillips is most notably recognised from BBC Radio Merseyside, where he presented a daily call-in show for 42 years before retiring in September 2020. He has won countless awards, including being named as the Sony Speech and Talk Broadcaster of the Year.


Keep your eyes peeled for further reader announcements!

Appearances correct at time of posting and are subject to work commitments.

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