Record breaking carol service 380ft up

The choir of St. Stephens on the Cliffs performing at the top of Blackpool Tower.

The choir of St. Stephens on the Cliffs performing at the top of Blackpool Tower.

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IT really was ding dong merrily on high when a choir took to the top of Blackpool Tower to perform a selection of Christmas carols.

With classic hymns such as Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night being sung at a height of 380ft, members of St Stephen On-The-Cliffs Church choir are now thought to be world record holders for the highest Christmas carol concert ever.

The concert yesterday evening came about as a result of a chance meeting between the North Shore church’s priest, Canon Andrew Sage, and Blackpool Tower’s general manger Kate Shane.

Philip Berry, the choir’s director of music, said: “It’s a big honour to be the first choir to sing at this height, it’s just really marvellous.

“I’m overjoyed with being asked to bring my choir here, although one or two people were a little bit bothered about standing on the glass floor during the concert.

“The acoustics are superb, I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”

In all 16 choir members took part in the concert.

Assistant musical director Neil Nortcliffe said: “It’s been amazing looking out over Blackpool and seeing how peaceful it looks while singing Silent Night.”

Kate Shane, the tower’s general manager, said: “We think we’re setting a world record, we’re really pleased.”

Both the church and the Tower now hope to organise a larger festival of Christmas music in 2013, and are asking choirs interested in performing to get in touch.

To listen to St Stephen’s choir, a carol service takes place in the church, on St Stephen’s Avenue, at 6pm on Sunday, December 23.

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