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Sweet singing in the choir

Christmas is a busy time for the Cathedral Choristers. Their voices are regularly heard during the festive season, with the Cathedral’s carol services drawing in audiences of over 6,000 people.

“Choir boys have been an integral part of the services at Winchester Cathedral for nearly a thousand years,” says Andrew Lumsden, organist and director of music at Winchester Cathedral.

“Today, they range in age from nine to 13. They mostly sing with our Lay Clerks, 12 men who are professional singers, but we also bring them together with our flourishing girls’ choir, too.”

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At home with Sarah Parish

Actress Sarah Parish has a busy morning. I meet her at home, just outside Winchester, where she’s sporting gym gear, without make-up, and clutching a take-out coffee from Caracoli yet still managing to look effortlessly stylish. She’s just come back from a planning meeting at No.5 Bridge Street, where she’s hosting a charity dinner, and is full of apologies for being five minutes late.

Actor husband James Murray, who first met Sarah on the set of Cutting It, is home too, on a break from a three-part TV series, while Sarah’s on a breather from a post-war period drama about a Parisian fashion house for Amazon Prime.

“I play an American heiress and it’s all rather glamorous, with wonderful costumes too,” she says. “Over the years I’ve done a lot of very unglam parts, so it’s nice to be able to get all dressed up.”

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