A magical evening featuring two stars from Downton Abbey awaits you at Chester Cathedral this festive season as the Spirit of Christmas concert returns.

Regular host Matthew Kelly invites you to an evening of music and festive readings to ensure your Christmas starts with a sparkle on Friday, December 6.

More than a dozen top names from TV, stage and screen will be performing in The Neuromuscular Centre’s Spirit of Christmas 2013 at Chester Cathedral.

The confirmed line-up so far consists of Jim Carter (Mr Carson in Downton Abbey), Kevin Doyle (Joseph Moseley in Downton Abbey), Imelda Staunton (Up the Garden Path, Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter film series, Vera Drake), Lindsay Duncan (Wallander, Merlin, Doctor Who) and Reece Shearsmith (created, wrote and acted in The League of Gentleman).

Acclaimed actress Lindsay Duncan, currently starring in the hit film About Time, will be joining the line-up of Spirit of Christmas at Chester
Acclaimed actress Lindsay Duncan, currently starring in the hit film About Time, will be joining the line-up of Spirit of Christmas at Chester
 

The Spirit of Christmas carol concert is in its 18th year and is just one of the many ways funds are raised for the Neuromuscular Centre in Winsford.

The centre provides vital services and employment for people with muscular dystrophy across the North West and beyond.

Muscular dystrophy is a condition that progressively weakens muscles, and for most people this means getting on with life in a wheelchair.

The centre receives virtually no government funding and costs £800,000 a year to run and is therefore almost entirely reliant on the generosity of individuals and various fundraising events throughout the year to keep vital services running.

Spirit of Christmas 2012 sold out, attracting more than 1,000 audience members and raised an incredible £32,000 for the NMC.

Once more the organisers will be running the popular primary school choir competition across North Wales, Wirral and Cheshire, in association with Chester’s Dee 106.3 and sponsored by Dawsons Music.

The winning choir will be announced live on air on Friday, November 15 and will be invited to perform at the concert and mingle with the stars.

Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from £10- £50 (includes Champagne reception with celebrities). Call 01606 861733 or visit www.nmcentre.com for details.