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Welcome from Matthew Kelly

Dear Friends,


We are so grateful to have enjoyed almost thirty years of our Spirit of Christmas carol concert, raising funds for the incredible NeuroMuscular Centre which supports hundreds of people and their families affected by neuromuscular conditions.


As President of this amazing charity, I’m so proud of all we have achieved in this time, making such a difference to so many across Cheshire and beyond.


All good things must come to an end, so I wanted to invite you to a very special occasion, our Final Spirit of Christmas.


Please join us for one more wonderful night at Chester Cathedral on Friday 24th November 2023 and support a fantastic event for a wonderful charity.

With love and thanks,


Matthew Kelly
President of NeuroMuscular Centre

Friday 24th November

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

South Transept Tickets: £7.00 - Concert Only. View via screens only, no direct view of stage.

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

Red Tickets: £24.00 - Concert Only. Back of Central Nave and West Steps seating. **Sold Out**

Silver Tickets: £55.00 - Concert & post-event Sparkling Reception. Central Nave seating. **Sold Out**

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

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

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

A Star-Studded Line Up

We are pleased to announce some of our fabulous readers for our Final Spirit of Christmas.

  • Jim Carter: Downton Abbey fans will know him as Mr Carson, the stern but fatherly butler to the Crawley family, and he will also soon be appearing in Wonka, starring alongside Timothée Chalamet.

  • Lesley Nicol: Lesley started her career in the West End and has made countless appearances in television and film, including in Blackadder, Shameless, East is East and the sequel West is West, and is mostly known for her role as cook Mrs Patmore in Downton Abbey.  Lesley has also just completed filming Mr Bates vs The Post Office, a new series for ITV.


  • Robert James-Collier: Robert is well recognised from his time spent as Liam Connor in Coronation Street, for which he won three awards, and for his role as Thomas Barrow, the conflicted under-butler in Downton Abbey. Robert has also recently starred in Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix and is currently alongside Samantha Bond in the Channel Five drama series, The Inheritance.


  • Sophie McShera: Sophie is known for her time spent as kitchen maid Daisy in Downton Abbey, plus in television series Waterloo Road, and the 2015 Disney film Cinderella, as well as The Queen's Gambit and upcoming miniseries The Gallows Pole.


  • Imelda Staunton: Imelda has performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London throughout her career, winning four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role. She has spent many years working in TV and film, including as Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Penny in Trying, and Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

  • Geraldine James: Geraldine most recently played Rosalind in As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Portia in Sir Peter Hall’s production of The Merchant of Venice. When not on the stage, Geraldine has also starred in Benediction, Downton Abbey,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Made in Dagenham, and played Mrs Hudson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows alongside Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.

Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements!

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