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A Fairy Tale Christmas from Ely Cathedral featuring pop star Pixie Lott is to be streamed on Christmas Eve.

The concert will also star renowned Russian-born violinist and composer Yury Revich.

Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral with the girls’ choir after Evensong. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral with the girls’ choir after Evensong. Picture: Keith Heppell

The programme will include works by Mozart, Bach, Yury Revich originals and of course classic Christmas music.

Pixie Lott will perform live from Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, while West End leading man Daniel Koek and singing group The FlyBoys are also on the bill.

Host Julian Bennett is perhaps best known for his work on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and The Only Way is Essex.

The concert was also Julian’s idea, though he is reluctant to admit it.

“I hate to take credit, but yes,” he said modestly, adding: “Basically, I launched a company with my business partner, Andrew Clarke, called Festival Royale at the beginning of Covid.

Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral with the girls’ choir after Evensong. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral with the girls’ choir after Evensong. Picture: Keith Heppell

“It was an odd time to do something with regards to the music industry but it seemed right to me because I knew that there was another way of artists being able to perform.”

Julian, 45, continued: “Through that, it drew me to Ely Cathedral because I went to King’s Ely - I was a boarder there from 1986 to 1993, I think it was. I always remember it being such a great venue and when I spoke to them, they said, ‘We can have shows in here, even during Covid’.

“So we worked tirelessly with them and from that it transpired into doing this wonderful Christmas show - A Fairy Tale Christmas.”

Pixie Lott will be performing with The King’s Barbers - King’s Ely’s all boys a cappella group.

“She will be singing a couple of Christmas carols and a solo piece with Yury Revich on the violin,” said Julian, noting: “We've got a lot of great performers coming together at a wonderful venue, and the good thing is we’re allowed a live audience as well.

Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pixie Lott at Ely Cathedral. Picture: Keith Heppell

“It will be a great opportunity for people to see how a TV show is filmed, and also be part of a wonderful experience as well.”

The show is being filmed this Friday (December 18) in parts for online streaming throughout the afternoon. As a result, tickets are free.

The concert is for charity and will be streamed online in Virtual Reality and 2D on digitalselflive.com on Christmas Eve at 7pm.

Seats in the cathedral will be socially distanced and in pairs - so one booking will be for a pair of seats.

Entrance to the event will be via the west and south doors. Guests are asked to remain socially distanced at all times and hand sanitiser will be provided upon entry.

Tickets are available at elycathedral.org/events/a-fairy-tale-christmas.

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