A choir performing during Midnight Mass at Portsmouth Guildhall


Welcome in Christmas Day at St Thomas's, with music from the Cathedral Choir.

In exciting news, this year's Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve will be broadcast live on BBC One. This is a great opportunity to share the joy and hope of the season with millions of viewers across the country and beyond. The service will feature traditional carols, readings, and prayers. The Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Revd Dr Anthony Cane, will introduce and lead the service with The Bishop of Portsmouth, The Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, preaching.

The Cathedral Choir which will feature both boy and girl choristers, will be directed by Dr David Price, which will include the well-loved carols O Little Town of Bethlehem, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. During the service Choristers will sing the new version of ‘The First Nowell’ written and composed by Bob Chilcott, marking its TV premiere. Members of The Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines will also be accompanying the renowned Portsmouth Cathedral Choir for this service.

Those attending are required to arrive from 10:15pm and no later than 11:15pm. All are welcome to attend in person, and there is no need to book. You can also watch the service from the comfort of your home on BBC One or on iPlayer.

Please note, bag searches will be taking place.

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Midnight Mass

Type:Religious Event

Portsmouth Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2HA
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Opening Times

Midnight Mass (24 Dec 2023)
Sunday23:40 - 00:45

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