Jeremy Irons participates in Breast Cancer Care Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Breast Cancer Care Carol Service
at St Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday 9 December 2009

sponsored by Swarovski

The carol concert is the highlight of Breast Cancer Care’s Christmas celebrations, and for one year only this December, we are delighted to be taking this magical event to St Paul’s Cathedral, the UK’s most prestigious and well known Cathedral.

Christmas at St Paul’s Cathedral

Holding upwards of 2,000 people, this could be the single biggest event Breast Cancer Care has ever held. So show your support for people affected by breast cancer this Christmas by joining us at this sensational venue for one of London’s best charity concerts.

Celebrity Christmas readings and song

We are thrilled to announce that the following world class British actors will be joining us to deliver specially selected readings:

  • Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons
  • Golden Globe winner John Hurt CBE
  • Stage and screen veteran Timothy West CBE
  • Multi-talented star Saffron Burrows
  • Multi-award winning actress and Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo

The service will also include a professional choir filling St Paul’s with breathtaking carols and Swarovski’s world famous sparkle aplenty – this night is not to be missed!

We’re also pleased to announce that the wonderful Faryl Smith will be performing at the event.

For guests wishing to continue the Christmas merriment, we extend the invitation to attend an intimate Champagne Supper after the Carols, for 250 guests in The Crypt below the Cathedral floor.

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This is the poem read by Jeremy Irons at the Carol Service:

Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

· From The Poems of Rowan Williams, published by Perpetua Press

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