UPDATE : Cookery Writer and TV Personality Dame Mary Berry becomes a reader.
We welcome our new sponsor, London Wall Partners. Thanks to their generosity, all donations and all the proceeds of the tickets will now go to the charities as their support will cover the expenses.
NEWS : Mark Holford appears on BBC Radio London to talk about Carols for the City (listen in at 2h:12 on BBC Sounds)

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell 

invites you to 

Carols for the City

5:30pm – Tuesday 8 December 2020

In these challenging times, the Lord Mayor’s Show had to be cancelled, as have many of the City’s incredible business and livery carol services. In their stead we have created Carols for the City to provide an opportunity to come together to help some of those who need it most. We are calling on you wherever you are, but especially the remarkable City of London community, to show your support and spread some holiday cheer.

Distinguished Participants

This year’s extraordinary Carol Service, organised by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) and the City of London vocal group, VOCES8, features a very distinguished list of participants. To find out more about our wonderful readings, lessons, festive carols and more, click here.

Buy a Ticket and Donate

We ask you to join us by buying a ticket and making a donation to support our four charities.

If you are a business, please become a corporate supporter and give your employees the chance to attend.

Benefiting London and the rest of the UK

Although there are only four charities sharing the proceeds, many more will benefit. Both The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the WCIT Charity provide financial and volunteering support to charities throughout the UK. The VOCES8 Foundation last year worked with 40,000 students, including many schools in and around the City of London, while the Friends of City Churches supports all the churches in the City of London.  (Find out more) .

Please be as generous as possible and come and enjoy the service in celebration of the City.

Alderman William Russell
The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London 





Andrew Bailey

Governor, Bank of England


Dame Mary Berry DBE

Cookery Writer & Television Personality

Welcome & Reader

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO

Closing Collection

Mark Holford

Master Information Technologist

Bidding Prayer

The Reverend Paul Kennedy

Priest in charge, St Vedast-alias-Foster


Anna Lapwood

Director of Music, Pembroke College, Cambridge


Naomi Lawrence

Hammersmith Academy Student


The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE

Bishop of London


Sir Kenneth Olisa

Lord Lieutenant of Greater London


Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley

Lord Mayor of the City of London 2016-17

Welcome & Reader

Alderman William Russell

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London


Onyinye Udokporo

Founder at Enrich Learning



Closing Prayers

The Reverend Marcus Walker

Rector, Great St. Bartholomew

Singing Carols at Home


The Audience

(Click to) BOOK
Buying a Ticket for Yourself

The cost of a ticket is £5 only bookable online (because you need to be registered to access the event on the night – see the next para).

You can only purchase one ticket per account/login. It can only be used on one device at a time (but as many people as you can get around your device can watch!). The booking service and the ticket is in the name of The VOCES8 Foundation.

Before purchasing a ticket, you must first create an account, either by linking with your Facebook or Google account, or by inputting your email address, first and last name and a password of your choosing. Please make a note of your login credentials as you will need them in order to be able to view the service.

Once your account has been created, you will be taken to a checkout page. Following payment the word ‘success’ will appear, and this is confirmation that you have purchased your ticket. A receipt will be emailed to you automatically (please check your spam/trash folder(s) if you do not receive it).

If you wish to donate after buying your ticket, you must return here and click on the red “Donate” button above on the right to be taken to Virgin Money Giving.

Buying a Ticket for Someone Else

If you want to give another person a ticket to watch, say, in their home on a different device, you will need to create an account on their behalf (with their email address) using the same steps given above.

We advise you to let the recipient know in advance so that the receipt they will receive from InPlayer does not come as a surprise to them.

You will then need to pass on the details of the account you created (email address & password) to them so that they can login and watch the service.

On Tuesday 8 December

Watch the concert here (it is the same page on which you bought your ticket). You may already be logged in, but if not you will need to do so using the account details you created (email & password) before you purchased your ticket. Click on “Purchase/Watch” to do so.

Before the service starts, download the full service sheet (this will not be available until 1st December)

You are encouraged to sing along with the carols at home

If you have not already done so at the time of booking, after the service please make a donation by returning here and click on the red “Donate” button above on the right to be taken to Virgin Money Giving.

Can’t Attend?

You can still buy a ticket and watch the service on “catch up”. The service will be available to watch from the morning of Wednesday 9th December, until noon GMT on 15th January.

In any event, please make a donation by clicking on the red “Donate” button above on the right to be taken to Virgin Money Giving.

Corporates / Businesses

Please consider supporting us by donating £250 or more and then distributing tickets to your employees. This will entitle you to : 

● 25 Tickets to distribute to your employees, clients, shareholders, partners etc. We also have packages for 50 and 100 tickets at £500 and £1,000.

● Being listed as a “Corporate Supporter” on this website and in the Service Sheet which will be downloaded by all the attendees.

If you are interested to hear more, please email us at 

(Click to) DONATE
Please Make a Donation to our Four Charities

See here for the four charities and the proportion of your donation that each will receive.

Because these charities support a wide range of other charities, many will benefit from your generosity both in London and throughout the UK.

If you wish to make a BACS, please contact us at . Note that tickets can only be bought online (not by BACS) – see opposite / above.