Stars set for televised services
24 November 2005 07:00
A special service at Norwich Cathedral to be shown on television
on Christmas Eve will now feature 1980s' pop sensation Rick
The star turned classical singer will join tenor Jon Christos
to replace Russell Watson at the service.
And the historic city landmark is to host another televised
event involving peace campaigners such as veteran Bruce Kent.
The Christmas service, which is being filmed on Tuesday,
will feature appearances by classical singers Katherine Jenkins
and Hayley Westenra as well as Mr Cristos and Mr Astley.
Music will feature the choirboys of Norwich Cathedral.
The service will be led by the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop
of Norwich, and the Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich.
The Peace Service will be held next Wednesday and is also
being recorded for ITV1's Act of Worship programme.
The Dean said: "We are very thrilled that Granada has chosen
Norwich for these two important services.
"Due to extra filming equipment being required we have not
been able to fill the cathedral to capacity numbers. This
has meant that sadly we could not accommodate everyone who
wanted a ticket for the Christmas Eve recording.
"We hope that people will value the importance of the Peace
Service, and tickets are still available for this."
Samantha Paul, producer of ITV1's Act of Worship, said: "We
felt it was time to spotlight a different area of the country
for these recordings and we chose Norwich as it has a beautiful
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