Outside a life size stable (and tree too but I didn't get a half decent pic of that)
waiting for the services to start in this magnificent interior
You must all excuse me for the standard of the photos. I did not have a camera with me so tried to take some snaps on my phone.. My poor old phone (which needed renewing over a year ago now) couldn't take the strain and the battery died after these!
Which was ever such a pity, not only was the service lovely, it was breathtaking standing in the dark in this amazing cathedral with all the candles lit, the choir singing with heavenly voices and the organ playing... I would have loved to shoot a tiny bit of video to let you taste the atmosphere, but alas..
The organ was magnificent (you might or might not know I am a particular organ fan) and when it was time to leave, the organ burst into Widor's Toccata (symphony no5)which I just LOVE! Funnily enough I heard it in the car a couple of days ago on radio 3 during a long drive. Ever tried to turn up the sound in the car with that piece? amazing!!! And now the carol service ended with it too. What a treat!!!
Listen to this, then imagine this on the big organ in the Cathedral... A-MA-ZING....