This year's Christmas Day broadcast on BBC Radio 4 will come from Chester Cathedral.
The programme, entitled Shepherds’ Delight - A Christmas celebration from Chester Cathedral, will focus on the role of the shepherds in the Nativity story.
The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, will be the preacher and will address the themes of joy and peace from the shepherds’ story. The service will be led by Chester Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Rev Canon Chris Humphries. He will also be joined by Rev Clair Jaquiss, an assistant priest in Hale Barns.
Chester Cathedral Choir will perform a mix of traditional and modern carols by Peter Warlock, David Willcocks, Carl Rutti and Bryan Kelly under the direction of the cathedral’s director of music Philip Rushforth. They will be accompanied by the Phoenix Brass Ensemble and organist Benjamin Chewter.
Among the much-loved music to feature in the service will be the carols While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Following their smash hit production in the summer, there will also be an extract from the Chester Mystery Plays.
The broadcast will air at 9am on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day.