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Hectic Christmas schedule for Canterbury choristers

Master of the Choristers David Flood leads his choir through a full rehearsal as they prepare for Christmas Day at Canterbury Cathedral Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral take time to rehearse for their Christmas Day service in between a packed period of performances during the festive season.

The 25 boys in the choir perform a singing marathon at 17 services and concerts in the nine days before Christmas, but get to enjoy three festive dinners during that time.

It has been a hectic period for the Canterbury Cathedral Choir, with its boys and 12 lay clerks also recording an 18-track CD called Christmas Night that has become a fast-seller in the cathedral shop.

Master of the choristers and cathedral organist Dr David Flood: "It is a very busy time for the choir but it is a very special time of year and the boys love it."

This is a hectic period for the Canterbury Cathedral Choir Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Canterbury Cathedral also has a 24-strong girls' choir featuring youngsters aged from 12 to 18.

Formed in 2014, the girls' choir has performed to great acclaim and last year recorded their debut CD featuring sacred music by noted 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.

Master of the Choristers David Flood leads his choir through a full rehearsal as they prepare for the Christmas Day service at Canterbury Cathedral Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire