Follow the Stars - A Celebration of Christmas


Follow the Stars - A Celebration of Christmas

Join us

Celebrate the festive season with a stellar cast of renowned musicians and A-list celebrities for a Carol Concert, re-imagined for 2020, which is being streamed online free to all and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

“Let’s raise a glass to the wonderful work of Macmillan”, says Joanna Lumley, as she welcomes you to the event.

To add to the Christmas sparkle you will enjoy performances from Sinead Cusack, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Jeremy Irons, Greg Wise, Benjamin Zephaniah, and many more. Watch out for the nation's favourite, In the Bleak Midwinter by chorister Paddy Armstrong, Roderick Williams' spell-binding recital of The Three Kings and many other funny, poignant and heart-moving performances from much-loved actors, poets and musicians.

Put 8pm on 11 December in your diary and why not tell your friends and family to join you for the premiere (in whatever way they can!) and help us raise urgently needed funds for Macmillan.

The event will be available to stream from 11 December - 31 December, 2020.

To watch the official trailer and to donate, please visit our Just Giving page.

We are grateful for the generosity of those who have given permission for the use of their works and to all the performers who have been so gracious in helping us.

The following have been instrumental in the production of Follow the Stars.

Enormous thanks to:

  • The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, for his generosity in allowing Christ Church Cathedral as a setting for some of the filming; and, to Operations Manager Joseph Denby for his considerable help in organising access. Social distancing criteria have been applied throughout as they existed at the time of filming.
  • Tom Hammond-Davies, founder and artistic director of the Oxford Bach Soloists, to whom we are indebted for the outstanding quality and breadth of the Choral music.
  • To the choir including soloists Aimee Presswood, Sam Cobb and Miranda Ostler; and to Steven Grahl, Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • To Giles Harvey (Producer), Rupert Harvey and Phill Clark (Cameramen) and Mark Neal (Sound) of Luttrell Productions.
  • To Korky Paul (Artist logo/poster), Andrew Ogilvy (stills photographer) and Roger Deats (literary knowledge).
  • The volunteer team behind, Follow the Stars - A Celebration of Christmas: Dame Hilary Boulding (President), Sandra Devaney (Chair), Phillipa Rooney (Casting and Permissions), Jenny Barr (Treasurer), Arabella Campbell, Juliet Gostelow, Belinda Hanson, Lucy Marshall, Helen Warr and Macmillan Fundraising Manager Tessa Watson.
  • The many other people who have helped us along the way, including Nobby Durbridge of Oxford Sound Hire, Andy Matheson of Panache Video Ltd and Lucie Ford of Roar Image.
  • The Committee also thank the E H Shepard Estate for kindly loaning an original drawing from The Wind in the Willows for use in the filming of Stephen Fry’s reading.

Join our star-studded

Christmas carol concert. Streaming free to all until 31 December

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